Shakespeare in Limited Editions

The First Part of King Henry IV
WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

London: Vale Press, 1902.
One of 310 copies.

Part of a 39-volume edition of Shakespeare's works published at monthly intervals from April 1900 to 1903. Decorations by Charles Ricketts, owner of the press.

Shakespeare's Sonnets
Shake-speares Sonnets, Tercentenary Edition
WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

Hammersmith: Doves Press, 1909.
One of 250 copies on paper.

Three capitals designed by Edward Johnston were engraved by Eric Gill and Noel Rooke. Specially bound by John Franklin Mowery.

Gift of Jane and Raphael Bernstein.
Sonnets

The Tragedie of Jvlivs Caesar
WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

Hammersmith: Doves Press, 1913.
One of 200 copies on paper.

Shakespeare's Roman tragedy was produced originally in 1599. This copy is printed in red and black type and bound as issued in the usual Doves unbleached limp vellum binding.

Gift of Eugene and Sadye Power.

Lucrece
WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

Hammersmith: Doves Press, 1915.
One of 10 copies printed on vellum.

The rape of Lucrece (or Lucretia) by Sextus, the son of Tarquin, king of Rome, led to the expulsion of the despotic Tarquins and the establishment of republican rule in Rome. The story was particularly popular among16th-century writers and artists, who often saw it as a parallel to the rejection of Catholicism by the Protestants. This copy was specially bound in blue crushed levant morocco at the Doves Bindery.

Gift of Jane and Raphael Bernstein.

The Complete Works of Shakespeare
The Complete Works, vol. 1
WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
WILLIAM ALDIS WRIGHT, ed.
ROCKWELL KENT, illus.

Garden City: Doubleday, Doran & Company, 1936.
No. 582 of 750 copies, signed by the artist.

Rockwell Kent (1882-1971), whose distinctive style was admired by collectors and copied by other artists, was the most significant book illustrator in America during the 1920s and 30s. This edition of Shakespeare consists of two volumes and contains 40 full-page illustrations by Kent.

Gift of Louis W. Claeson '32.

The Phoenix and Turtle, Green Pastures Series, no. 1
WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
GERALD BULLETT, ed.

Bognor Regis, Sussex: Pear Tree Press, 1938.
No. 111 of 200 copies.
Woodcut designs by James Guthrie, owner of the press.

Hamlet
WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
HERBERT FARJEON, ed.
EDY LEGRAND, illus.

New York: The Limited Editions Club, 1939.
No. 646 of 1950 copies.

The complete edition of 37 volumes of Shakespeare's plays was designed by Bruce Rogers. In describing his plans for the folio-size volumes, Rogers wrote in 1938 that he desired a type that "should be bold and vigorous enough to convey to the reader's eye something of the rugged Elizabethan quality of the text." Each volume is illustrated by a different artist.


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