The Dramatic Works.London: William Pickering, 1826 Stock Code: 141562
An exquisitely bound copy of this attractive Regency edition of Shakespeare, printed by Charles Corrall for the pioneering publisher William Pickering using his miniscule diamond type in double columns: the text is tiny but perfectly legible.
The plates were prepared for The Plays of Shakespeare in Pickering's 1825 "miniature classics" edition. Two variants of this edition were issued: with the engravings, at 2.2s (as in the present copy), and without, at 1.1s.
Duodecimo (160 x 96 m). Finely bound by Riviere & Son in late 19th- or early 20th-century red crushed full morocco, title and decoration to spine in gilt, intricate panels to both covers with scrolling foliate tendrils terminating in flower heads picked out in gilt, edges and turn-ins gilt. Housed in a custom fleece-lined leather jacket and marbled card slipcase.
Engraved vignette title page, portrait frontispiece based on the Droeshout portrait, both engraved by Fox after Stothard, letterpress title with wood-engraved wreath of laurels and oak leaves; 37 engraved plates.
A little offsetting to endpapers, small portion of loss to front free endpaper with the missing piece laid in, occasional foxing to contents. A very handsomely bound copy.
Jaggard p. 517.
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