The Essex House Press "Poems of William Shakespeare"
[ESSEX HOUSE PRESS]. SHAKESPEARE, William. The Poems of William Shakespeare, According to the Text of the Original Copies, Including the Lyrics, Songs, and Snatches Found in His Dramas. [London: Published by Edward Arnold, December 1899].
Limited to 450 numbered copies (this copy being No. 324). Small quarto (9 1/16 x 6 7/8 inches; 230 x 175 mm.). [xii], 253, [1, colophon], [2, blank] pp. Woodcut frontispiece by Reginald Savage, woodcut printer's device in the colophon, decorative woodcut initials. Printed in red and black in Caslon type on Batchelor handmade paper with special watermark. "Arranged, and carefully collated with the originals, by F.S. Ellis, and printed at the Essex House Press, under the care of C.R. Ashbee. December, 1899" (Colophon).
Bound in early twentieth-century green levant morocco. Covers with a panel of inlaid black morocco, front cover lettered in gilt, spine divided into six compartments with five raised bands, lettered in gilt in the second compartment. Top edge trimmed, others uncut. Spine very mildly faded. A bit of mild foxing to fore-edge. An excellent copy, largely unopened.
Ransom, Private Presses, p. 265, no. 9.
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