“Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind, And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind”: Signed limited edition Set of the Works of Shakespeare; One of only 60 copies signed by the editor, illustrator, printer, publisher, and binder; bound in full French Cape Levant Morocco
The Chiswick Shakespeare.
Shakespeare, William. Edited by John Denis. .$2,800.00
Item Number: 33050
London: George Bell & Sons, 1899-1904.
The Chiswick edition of Shakespeare’s works. One of only 60 copies signed by the editor, illustrator, printer, publisher, and binder in 1914. This is number 5. Small octavos, 14 volumes bound in full French Cape levant morocco by Sangorski and Sutcliffe, elaborate gilt tooling to the spine, front and rear panels, gilt topstain, gilt turn-ins, silk endpapers, raised bands. Frontispiece portrait of Shakespeare by E. Scriven with tissue guard present. Elaborately illustrated with an engraved title page and frontispiece with tissue guard to each play. Introduction and notes by John Denis & illustrations by Byam Shaw. Printed by Charles Whittingham & sons. A stunning set.
English poet, playwright, and actor, William Shakespeare is widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. His extant works consist of approximately 38 plays and 154 sonnets. His plays have been translated into every major living language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright to this day. Shakespeare’s early plays were primarily comedies and histories, are regarded as some of the best work ever produced in these genres. He then wrote mainly tragedies including Hamlet, Othello, and Macbeth; and in his late phase wrote tragicomedies, also known as romances.