1903 Shakespeare's Homeland Sketches of Stratford-Upon-Avon, the Forest of Arden, and the Avon Valley
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First Edition, Illustrated, Publishers' Original Binding
This first edition guide to the infinitely famous playwright's homeland takes us around Stratford-Upon-Avon throughout history, starting with his birth and ending in present day. It offers an insight into Shakespeare's life, and how his home shaped him as a person. The author, W Salt Brassington, was also known for writing 'Historic Worcestershire' and 'The History of the Art of Book-Binding'. With over seventy pen and ink illustrations by Henry J Howard and Sidney Heath throughout the book. Heath was a renowned English landscape artist, and made many contributions to various topography books. Acquired from a sale of the publisher J.M Dent's reference library, with this work being a 'File Copy'. 'File Copy' stamp to the front pastedown, and to the recto of the front endpaper. 'File Copy' stamp to the halftitle page. Joseph Malaby Dent was a British book publisher best known for the Everyman's library series.
In the original publisher's cloth binding. Externally very smart. Minor bumping to the head and tail of the spine and the extremities. A few very light patches of rubbing to the front board and to the spine. 'File Copy' stamp to the front pastedown, and to the recto of the front endpaper. 'File Copy' stamp to the half-title page. Spotting to the front pastedown and recto of the front endpaper, as well as to the rear pastedown and verso of the rear endpaper. Internally firmly bound. Pages are bright and clean aside from spotting to pastedowns and endpapers.
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