1882 Sir John Gilbert's Shakespeare: The Works of Shakespeare
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Illustrated, Original Binding, Publishers' Original Binding, Scarce
Scarce edition. Beautifully illustrated throughout. A collection of the works of William Shakespeare, including his plays, poems, and sonnets. Edited by Howard Staunton, an English chess master who obtained a contract with Routledge to edit the works of Shakespeare in the mid-1850s. Illustrated by Sir John Gilbert, an English artist, engraver, and illustrator.
In the original red cloth binding with gilt decoration. Externally, smart with light shelf wear and minor bumping to the extremities. Light fraying to the head of the spine. Fading to the spine and the odd mark to the rear board. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are very bright and clean with light spotting to the first and last few pages. Contemporary ink inscription to the front endpaper.
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