Exquisite Baytun-Riviere Binding[Cosway-Style Binding]. [William Shakespeare]. The Poems of William Shakespeare, According to the Text of the Original Copies, Including the Lyrics, Songs, and Snatches Found in His Dramas. London: Edward Arnold (printed by Essex House Press), 1899.
First edition of a limited edition of 450 numbered copies. Octavo. 253 pages. Full-page woodcut of Venus and Adonis with additional woodcut initials throughout. Woodcut device on the colophon. Headings and margin titles in red.
Beautiful full red morocco Cosway-style binding by Baytun-Rivière featuring a central oval miniature watercolor portrait of Shakespeare on ivory inset into the front board and surrounded by floral decoration stamped in gilt. The boards are further decorated with twin gilt rules along the border within which are additional vertical rules and opposing floral motifs. The spine is decorated with complementary floral designs and titles stamped in six compartments between five raised bands. The motif of the boards are repeated in the form of wide gilt decorated borders on each of the turn-ins which frame pale green silk moiré doublures. The same pale green silk moiré is also used for the preliminary and terminal endleaves. All edges are gilt. Twin silk place ribbons complete this magnificent binding. Fine condition.
Includes Shakespeare's Venus and Adonis, The Rape of Lucrece, and many other sonnets and snippets from his dramas.
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