Carson & Simpson, Hardcover (Full Leather), Book Condition: Very Good Condition, Dust Jacket Condition: No Dust Jacket, Revised Edition
WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE. Complete Works in 3 volumes, Philadelphia: Carson & Simpson, 1886. Heavy quartos, pp. xxxvii, 490; v, 491-904; vi, 905-1539; pebbled brown morocco boards with gilt lettering and rules and five raised bands on spines, French fillets to covers, all edges gilt, 100 illustrated plates by F.O.C. Darley and Alonzo Chappel, edited by William Cullen Bryant with the help Evert Duyckinck. Based on the 1623 Stratford edition of Shakespeare. This was the last important work by the two artists, according to Weitenkampf, American Graphic Art, p. 180. As for Darley's work, "The mere quantity is astonishing, but respect for this artist is much increased when one realizes the high average merit of it all" (p. 183). This set was the book version of a 25-part subscription series mailed out between 1886 and 1888. BAL 1788 describes the series, put out by a New York publisher, but seems unaware of these Philadelphia books, which preceded most of the series in the marketplace. Coincidentally, both editors died long before publication, shortly after Bryant had written the preface. Condition of these books: Very sturdy bindings, tight, leather has small blemishes and peeled areas. Internally clean with scattered foxing. Size: Quarto. 3-volume set (complete). Text body is clean, and free from previous owner annotation, underlining and highlighting. Binding is tight, covers and spine fully intact. All edges clean, neat and free of foxing. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Over 3 kilos. Category: Theatre & Plays; England; Art & Design. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 53936.