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IMPORTANT SECOND APPEARANCE OF SHAKESPEARE’S COLLECTED POEMS, 1709, IN BEAUTIFUL COSWAY BINDING

SHAKESPEARE, William. A Collection of Poems. London, 1709.

Scarce first issue of the second appearance of a collection of Shakespeare's poems, preceded only by the very rare 1640 edition; this is the first collection to include "Venus and Adonis" and "The Rape of Lucrece," omitted in the 1640 edition. Splendidly bound by Riviere & Son in a Cosway binding with watercolor miniature portrait of Shakespeare—after the Droeshout portrait of 1622—inset into front cover, as well as a depiction of Venus and Adonis inset into the rear cover, both finely hand-painted on ivory by Miss C.B. Currie, one of the inventors of this style of binding, and protected by glass. $25,000.

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THE SPLENDID KELMSCOTT SHAKESPEARE

SHAKESPEARE. The Poems of William Shakespeare. Hammersmith, 1893. The superb Kelmscott Press edition of Shakespeare’s poems, one of 500 copies printed by William Morris, in lovely original vellum binding. Beautifully printed in red and black type and decorated with woodcut borders and initials. $8800.

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96 FOLIO ENGRAVINGS FOR BOYDELL’S SHAKESPEARE, WITH EARLY STATE PROOF IMPRESSIONS

(SHAKESPEARE) BOYDELL, John. Boydell’s Graphic Illustrations of the Dramatic Works of Shakespeare. London, 1804. Magnificent 1804 impressions of the 96 engravings for the sumptuous Boydell Shakespeare, after paintings by the period’s most eminent English artists— including Reynolds, Romney, Smirke, Stothard, Fuseli and Westall—with an engraver’s etched working proof for nearly every plate. $7500.

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BEAUTIFULLY BOUND AND ILLUSTRATED WORKS OF SHAKESPEARE

SHAKESPEARE, William. Works of Shakespeare. London, 1899. Twelve volumes.

Fine set of the "Larger Temple Shakespeare," number 5 of only 175 sets printed on handmade paper, beautifully illustrated with 40 full-page plates (30 hand-tinted), and copious in-text line cuts. $7500.

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"I CANNOT BUT BE GRATIFIED, AT PERCEIVING THAT NO PERSON APPEARS TO HAVE DETECTED ANY INDECENT EXPRESSION IN THESE VOLUMES"

SHAKESPEARE, William. Family Shakespeare. London, 1825. Ten volumes.

Fourth edition of Thomas Bowdler's Family Shakespeare, famously edited to make the plays more appropriate for children, beautifully bound. $3200.

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HANDSOMELY BOUND SET OF KNIGHT’S PICTORIAL SHAKESPEARE

SHAKESPEARE, William. Pictorial Edition of the Works. London, [1838]-43. Eight volumes. Early edition of Charles Knight’s celebrated Pictorial Edition of Shakespeare’s works, handsomely bound and profusely illustrated with hundreds of full-page and in-text wood-engraved illustrations depicting views, characters and stage settings. $3200.

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