Extra-Illustrated Works of Shakespeare

    William Shakespeare. The Works of Shakespeare, Edited by W. E. Henley. Edinburgh: Grant Richards, 1901-1904.

    The Edinburgh Folio Edition, limited to 1,000 numbered sets, signed by publisher Grant Richards. Extra-illustrated copy with the forty parts bound into ten volumes by Bayntun. 353; 367; 326; 335; 358; 304; 347; 362; 383; 317 pages. Frontispieces. 270 inserted illustrations, including eighty-two plates from the Boydell Shakespeare Gallery.

    Contemporary full red morocco over boards. Gilt fillets and armorial designs to boards. Blind ties to sides. Raised bands. Gilt lettering to spines. Top edges gilt. Marbled endpapers. Near fine.

    In the introductory pages, editor W. E. Henley explains that the "plays are set out in the order made conventional and traditional by the First Folio. That book is so demonstrably the greatest gift ever made to English letters, that praise too liberal, or gratitude too lavish, to them that made it could not be."

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