ALFRED BATES THE DRAMA, ONE OF ONLY 21 SUMPTUOUSLY BOUND AND ILLUSTRATED SETS
BATES, Alfred, editor. The Drama. It's History, Literature and Influence on Civilization. London: The Athenian Society, 1903. Twenty volumes. Octavo, original full teal morocco, elaborately gilt and with floral morocco onlays in red, green, pink and black, doublures with floral morocco onlays in peach, white, green and red morocco, silk endpapers, all edges gilt. $5500.
Limited first edition, the "Sophocles" edition, number one of only 21 copies, magnificently bound with doublures and boards featuring elaborate floral morocco onlays, hand-colored title pages, 100 plates with each in three states—one hand-colored—and original illustrations done by hand in color throughout the text in the margins.
A comprehensive survey of world drama, from the ancient Greeks and Romans up to the turn of the 20th century, including works from all over Europe, the United States and Asia. With critical commentary, summaries, and some complete plays. Bookplates.
A splendid and elaborate production in fine condition.