London: The Arcadia Press, 1971. Item #04218
Not Another Book About Shakespeare's Plays and Poems
An Attempt to Set Down the Main Facts About the Life and Society from which they Arose
Finely Bound by Zaehnsdorf
ZAEHNSDORF, binder. [SHAKESPEARE, William]. BURGESS, Anthony. The World of William Shakespeare by Anthony Burgess. London: Jonathan Cape [The Arcadia Press], 1971.
Limited to 265 copies of which 250 are for sale and signed by Anthony Burgess, this being copy no. 250.
Quarto (9 15/16 x 7 7/16 inches; 253 x 189 mm). [1, limitation leaf, verso blank], 272 pp. Illustrated throughout in color and black and white, often full-page.
Bound by Zaehnsdorf in 1971 in full crushed red morocco with central geometric pictorial onlay of an abstract Shakespearian Theater design in gilt to upper cover, with onlays of tan, purple and green morocco. Smooth spine with an onlaid black polygon with title in gilt. Marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. A fine copy housed in the original fleece-lined gray cloth drop-back case with black leather labels on spine.
This book's binding by the great Zaehnsdorf is a modern wonder to behold. "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).