THE HENRY IRVING SHAKESPEARE, ILLUSTRATED BY GORDON BROWNE AND HANDSOMELY BOUND
SHAKESPEARE, William. The Works of William Shakespeare. Edited by Henry Irving and Frank A. Marshall. With Notes and Introductions to Each Play by F.A. Marshall and Other Shakespearian Scholars. With Numerous Illustrations by Gordon Browne. London: Blackie & Son, 1893. Eight volumes. Small quarto, contemporary full brown pebbled calf gilt, raised bands, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. $3600.
Magnificent 1893 edition of Henry Irving’s Works of Shakespeare, with numerous full-page and in-text engravings by Gordon Browne, handsomely bound by Sotheran.
Edited by Henry Irving, the most famous and talented of the “actor-managers” of the London stage. His acting ability was legendary, and in 1895 he received the honor of knighthood for his contributions to the English stage, the first ever accorded an actor. Irving was hailed in particular for his brilliant and innovative Shakespearian productions. This edition was designed to treat Shakespeare’s work “as that of a dramatist, whose plays were intended not to be read as poetical exercises, but to be represented by living men and women before a general audience.” With handsome full-page engravings by Gordon Browne, as well as numerous in-text line cuts. First issued in 1888-1890. See Jaggard, 551.
A beautiful set in fine condition.