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SHAKESPEARE, William.

Sonnets.

Leipzig: Ernst Rowohlt, 1910 Stock Code: 139564
£6,750.00
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One of five printed on vellum, and in a skilful binding by the influential German binder Carl Sonntag jun.

First Rowohlt edition, one of five copies printed on vellum, finely bound by the influential German binder Carl Sonntag jun. (18831930), who was instrumental in the emergence and development of the German book art movement that preceded the First World War.

He trained as a binder in the early 1900s in France and the UK, including at the workshop of the renowned Sangorski & Sutcliffe. In the UK he encountered, and consequently rebelled against, binders espousing an overly ornamented binding style which he felt treated bound books solely as prestigious objects exclusive to a wealthy upper class. Sonntag jun. counteracted this style in his own work by using readily accessible tools and materials, reducing what he saw as unnecessary ornamentation, and favouring simple designs executed to the highest standard, as in the present example.

This collection is the sixth work in Rowhohlt's "Drugulin-Druck" series, and was also released in a standard trade issue.

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Description

Large octavo (260 x 176 mm). Near-contemporary green morocco by Carl Sonntag jun., spine lettered in gilt in compartments, each tooled in gilt, Greek key roll frame in gilt to covers, turn-ins ruled in gilt, yellow cloth bookmark.

Illustrations

Printed on vellum.

Condition

Prior cataloguing pasted to rear pastedown. Joints and board edges rubbed, natural pale discolouration to first couple of leaves; else a near-fine copy.

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