Shakespeare's Comedy of The Merchant of Venice; With Illustrations by Sir James D. Linton

If You Bind Us So, Are We Not Proud?
If You Illustrate Us So, Are We Not Beautiful?
If You Do Both, Are We Not a Marvelous, Unsurpassed Copy?

[BAYNTUN-RIVIERE (Binder)]. SHAKESPEARE, William. LINTON, Sir James D. (Illustrator). Shakespeare's Comedy of The Merchant of Venice. With Illustrations by Sir James D. Linton. London: Hodder & Stoughton, n.d. [1909].

Limited to 500 copies signed by the artist, this being copy no. 60. Quarto. xxxiv, 143, [1] pp. Thirty-six color plates, including frontispiece, tipped-in on heavy stock with captioned tissue guards.

Splendidly bound, c. 1960, by Bayntun-Riviere (designed and finished by Christopher Lewis) in full navy blue crushed morocco with a handsome, multi-colored full-length portrait inlay of Shylock that partially reproduces the illustration "Shylock, Portia, Bassanio, Antonio, Gratiano and Nerissa" opposite p. 106, framed by interlacing gilt strapwork in the Grolier style with an inlaid red Tudor rose at each corner. Gilt rolled edge-work. Gilt-tooled turn-ins. Top edge gilt. Cockerell endpapers. A very fine copy. Housed in the original blue cloth drop-down clamshell box.

Chris Lewis was one of Bayntun-Riviere's most talented 'finishers'. He designed and finished many unique inlaid bindings during his time at Bayntun-Riviere in the sixties and then again prior to his death in the late eighties.

With an Introduction by novelist, poet, anthologist, and literary critic, A[rthur].T[homas]. Quiller-Couch.

"The Season's Gift Books. An Embarrassment of Riches in the Way of Good Reading, Old and New, Set off with Attractive Illustrations. Artistic Printing and Binding...

"From Hodder & Stoughton come two large, luxurious Shakespeare volumes, 'As You Like It' and 'The Merchant of Venice,' ($4.50 each)…For each one A.T. Quiller-Couch writes an extended and interpretative story of the play. But the particular feature of these books is their copious illustration, 'As You Like it' by Hugh Thompson, and 'The Merchant of Venice,' by Sir James D. Linton, P.R.I. [President, Royal Institute]…" (New York Times, Dec. 5, 1909).

1840-1916. Item #01910

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