London: J.M. Dent & Co., 1909. Item #03923
One of 750 Copies, Signed by Arthur Rackham
[RACKHAM, Arthur, illustrator]. LAMB, Charles and Mary. Tales from Shakespeare. Illustrated by Arthur Rackham. London: J.M. Dent & Co., 1909.
Limited to 750 numbered copies (this copy being No. 370), signed by the artist.
Large quarto (11 1/4 x 8 5/16 inches; 286 x 211 mm.). [2, limitation leaf], xii, 304 pp. Thirteen mounted color plates, including frontispiece (with tissue guard) and the additional plate not present in the trade edition. Two full-page illustrations in black and white, twenty chapter headings, and fourteen tail-pieces.
Publisher's cream buckram decoratively stamped and lettered in gilt on front cover and spine. Original rose-colored silk ties. Top edge gilt, others uncut. Vellum-style gold pictorial endpapers. Spine darkened, a few small marks on covers, still an excellent copy. Housed in a fleece-lined, dark blue cloth slipcase.
Tipped-in before the half-title is a printed note regarding the additional plate "Puck" which only appears in this signed limited edition.
The plays illustrated in this fine volume are: The Tempest; A Midsummer Night's Dream; The Winter's Tale; Much Ado about Nothing; As You Like It; The Two Gentlemen of Verona; The Merchant of Venice; Cymbeline; King Lear; Macbeth; All's Well that Ends Well; The Taming of the Shrew; The Comedy of Errors; Measure for Measure; Twelfth Night; or, What you Will; Timon of Athens; Romeo and Juliet; Hamlet, Prince of Denmark; Othello; and Pericles, Prince of Tyre.
Latimore and Haskell, pp. 33-34. Riall, p. 90.