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    Extra-Illustrated Shakespeare with Original Watercolors

    William Shakespeare. The Works of Shakespeare. London: Grant Richards, 1903.

    Folio. 145-300 pages. One volume only; The Merry Wives of Windsor and Measure for Measure bound together. On a leaf preceding the frontispiece is a hand-lettered illuminated notice: "This set of Shakespeare, consisting of 585 descriptive pages and plates including numerous fine steel and copper engravings many of which are inlaid in Whatman paper together with over 1,000 water color illustrations and artistic illuminations, has been collected especially and bound for Frederick William Matthiessen and will not be duplicated." Thirty-four plates; twenty-three illuminated designs; twenty-five original watercolor portraits and vignettes in the wide margins.

    Lavishly bound in full crushed maroon morocco over boards. Gilt fillets and gilt floral boards with brown and green morocco inlays to the boards. Raised bands; gilt designs and lettering to compartments. Top edges gilt. Inner gilt dentelles. Doublures of green morocco with red and brown morocco inlays and elaborate gilt tooling. Silk moiré endpapers. Slight sunning to the front board and spine. Some rubbing to extremities. Light crumbling to head of spine. Very good.

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