The American Edition of Boydell's Illustrations of the Dramatic Works of Shakspeare [Shakespeare]; By the Most Eminent Artists of Great Britain. Vol. 4 only, Plates 76-100.

By: Boydell, John. (Shakespeare, William)

Price: $2,000.00

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[New York: Shearjashub Spooner, 1852]. Elephant folio, 23”x28”, in plain brown library binding. The first American edition, printed from Boydells' original plates purchased and restored by the American publisher. This oversized edition has finely detailed impressions, the engravings having been brightened by re-cutting worn areas. Background: John Boydell was a London bookseller and print-seller. In 1786, he and a group of associates commissioned paintings of scenes from Shakespeare's plays by the best artists of the period. Boydell then opened The Shakespeare Gallery in 1789 to exhibit the painting collection. The first set of printed engravings based on the works was issued in 1791. A nine-volume folio edition was published in 1802, and in 1803 Boydell printed a two-volume elephant folio. In 1852, American Publisher Spooner published 100 of the drawings in two volumes. [This partial set was apparently broken into four volumes some time afterward.] Plates are from King Richard III, Henry VIII, Coriolanus, Julius Caesar, Anthony & Cleopatra, Timon of Athens, Titus Andronicus, Troilus and Cressida, Cymbeline, Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, and Othello. Condition: The plates are all in crisp, clean, fine condition. Occasionally a small damp-stain or bit of foxing in the margin not affecting the image. One plate [96, Hamlet] has some greater foxing extending into the image. Each plate has a facing page of text; similarly in very-good fine condition. However, paper guards between each text and plate is sometimes torn. Each plate has the library’s blind stamp in lower left, away from the image area. Original title page is lacking [this being a rebound partial set] but a hand-lettered title page is added. The binding is brown library cloth with typical spine markings and heavily worn, rubbed on edges and extremities. Vintage 1937 bookplate of the LA public library inside front cover, worn and partially peeled. [Deaccessioned after the library obtained another complete set.]

Title: The American Edition of Boydell's Illustrations of the Dramatic Works of Shakspeare [Shakespeare]; By the Most Eminent Artists of Great Britain. Vol. 4 only, Plates 76-100.

Author Name: Boydell, John. (Shakespeare, William)

Categories: Illustrated Books, Literature, Art, Design & Architecture, Plays & Theater,

Edition: 1st thus.

Publisher: New York: Shearjashub Spooner: 1852

Book Condition: Good.

Item: 15.00 lbs

Seller ID: k181231b

Keywords: shakespeare, shakspeare, engravings, prints, theater, drama