London: Arthur L. Humphreys, 1906. Item #02345
Shakespeare's Sonnets, Beautifully Printed
[ZAEHNSDORF, binders]. SHAKESPEARE, William. The Sonnets. London: Arthur L. Humphreys, 1906.
From Humphreys Royal Library, Belles Lettres series. Octavo (6 3/8 x 4 3/4 in; 163 x 120 mm). , 204 pp. Rubricated initials.
Bound in contemporary full brown crushed morocco by Zaehnsdorf (stamp-signed 1907) with gilt-ruled border and central panel with four gilt-tooled pointillé cornerpieces with floral and foliate tools. Richly gilt compartments. Gilt-rolled edges. Gilt dentelles. Top edge gilt. A splendid, very fine copy.
The Sonnets and Songs of Wm. Shakespeare.
This book's binding by the great Zaehnsdorf is a modern delight, especially the very fine pointillé tooling on the spine. "There are few firms of craft bookbinders that can claim an existence of longer than one hundred years. One which can is Zaehnsdorf Limited, founded in 1842 by Joseph Zaehnsdorf. It remained under the direct control of three successive generations of the Zaehnsdorf family...Bindings produced by the firm of Zaehnsdorf are still admired today the excellence of craftsmanship which they display" (Broomhead, The Zaehnsdorfs (1842-1947): Craft Bookbinders, p. 11).