C. Hitch, 1757, Hardcover (Full Leather), Book Condition: Good, Dust Jacket Condition: No, Early
WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE. Works, Volume the Second, London: C. Hitch et al., 1757. 12mo, pp. 430, full brown calf with a red morocco label and gilt ornaments to the spine, 5 illustrated plates by Gravelot (Hubert-Francois-Bourguignon), bookplate and a former owner's name on front paste-down, inked notes on a flyleaf. Contains Much Ado About Nothing, The Merchant of Venice, Love's Labors Lost, As You Like It, and The Taming of the Shrew. Gravelot contributed a frontispiece to each play. The French artist's first edition of Shakespeare came in 1740, while he was a prominent figure in the London arts scene. "The books of Gravelot's English years have long been underestimated," Gordon Ray wrote in "The Art of the French Illustrated Book" (p. 36). Condition of this book: Overall good, front hinge cracked, rear hinge repaired, edges rubbed with losses at spine ends. Generally clean inside. Size: 12mo. 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: Under 1 kilo. Category: Theatre & Plays; England; 18th century; Art & Design. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 54668.