TITLE: A Midsummer - Night's Dream
AUTHOR: William Shakespeare
PUBLISHER: William Heinemann, Doubleday, Page & Co.,
PLACE: London, New York
NO.OF PAGES: vi + 134 pages. 40 colour plates produced by the Hentschel colour-type process mounted on brown art paper with captioned tissue-guards, and numerous black-and-white drawings by Arthur Rackham
BINDING: Cloth board along with the gilt text at the spine and the front board pictorially stamped and lettered in gilt. Top edge gilt, others untrimmed. Bookplate of Roberti Comitis De Crewe.
Height: 25.6 cm
Width: 18.5 cm
Depth: 3.5 cm
Ex-Libris copy of Roberti Comitis De Crewe.
Small armorial bookplate of: "E Libris Roberti Comitis de Crewe" (Robert, Earl of Crewe - the British Liberal politician, statesman and writer, 1858-1945) on the front pastedown.
TITLE: Shakespeare's Comedy of A Midsummer-Night's Dream
AUTHOR: William Shakespeare with illustrations by W. Heath Robinson
PUBLISHER: Constable and Co. Ltd.
NO.OF PAGES: 185 including 12 tipped-in colour plates plus 32 black-and-white illustrations
BINDING: Blue pictorial cloth, black title on the spine
Height: 29.5 cm
Width: 23 cm
Depth: 2.8 cm
Inscribed: "To my dear Lady of Dreams come true Decembers 1920" on the endpaper
A note on the illustrator:
"At the height of his powers as an illustrator... this book was to be his finest achievement. In it, he consolidated all that he had learnt during the past eighteen years... Heath Robinson considered [the] book to be his greatest achievement, and when it was published in October 1914 a reviewer [in the Times Literary Supplement, Dec. 10, 1914] described it as: "The most complete and beautiful specimen before us of an illustrated book as a single work of art""("W Heath Robinson: The Inventive Comic Genius of Our Age," p. 19;;Geoffrey Beare, "The Illustrations of W. Heath Robinson," p. 127; John Lewis, Heath Robinson, p. 216 Langston Day, The Life and Art of W. Heath Robinson, p. 269.
This lot will be sold in "as is" condition.
There may be some minor tears/creases scratches, or holes commensurate with age that may not be visible in the images.
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