Lamb's Tales of Shakespeare Hardcover Antique Victorian Book p. 1899


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    FOR SALE ☞ "Tales of Shakespeare" by Charles and Mary Lamb with Twelve Illustrations in Permanent Photography From the Boydell Gallery (Printed by Bickers and Son, 1899) - 386 pages.

    DESCRIPTION ☞ This English children's book written by the siblings Charles and Mary Lamb in 1807, intended "for the use of young persons" while retaining as much Shakespearean language as possible. Mary Lamb was responsible for retelling the comedies and Charles the tragedies.

    This particular edition was printed in 1899 by Bickers and Son of Leicester Square and features a gorgeous emerald green hard cover with an ornate gilt design on the front and spine, featuring Puck from A Midsummer Night's Dream. Book also has beautiful gilt page edging.

    Inside, there are 12 black and white plates from the Boydell Gallery. Boydell’s Shakespeare Gallery was an exhibition space in London’s Pall Mall showcasing paintings which exclusively represented scenes from Shakespeare’s plays. According to this book, these plates are considered "permanent photography" of some of those paintings.

    The book contains the following plays truncated by the Lamb's:

    The Tempest (Mary Lamb)
    A Midsummer Night's Dream (Mary Lamb)
    The Winter's Tale (Mary Lamb)
    Much Ado About Nothing (Mary Lamb)
    As You Like It (Mary Lamb)
    Two Gentlemen of Verona (Mary Lamb)
    The Merchant of Venice (Mary Lamb)
    Cymbeline (Mary Lamb)
    King Lear (Charles Lamb)
    Macbeth (Charles Lamb)
    All's Well That Ends Well (Mary Lamb)
    The Taming of the Shrew (Mary Lamb)
    The Comedy of Errors (Mary Lamb)
    Measure for Measure (Mary Lamb)
    Twelfth Night (Mary Lamb)
    Timon of Athens (Charles Lamb)
    Romeo and Juliet (Charles Lamb)
    Hamlet, Prince of Denmark (Charles Lamb)
    Othello (Charles Lamb)
    Pericles, Prince of Tyre (Mary Lamb)

    DIMENSIONS ☞ Book is approximately 8.5" by 6"

    CONDITION ☞ This book is in good condition for it's age. Original owner's name and date (1905) is found on the inside written in pencil. Gilding on cover and pages has very little wear. Foxing on the inside of the cover and first few pages. Inside pages seem to be in good shape. Spine has been broken but remains somewhat tight, no loose pages at time of posting. First image plate has tissue guard.

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