London: William Pickering, 1832. Item #04626
"He was not of an age, but for all time" (Ben Jonson)
A Finely Bound Pickering Edition of Shakespeare's Poems
SHAKESPEARE, William. The Poems of Shakespeare. London: William Pickering, 1832.
Small octavo (6 1/8 x 3 3/4 inches; 155 x 95 mm.). [iv], lxxxix, [v], 288 pp. Portrait frontispiece engraved by H. Robinson and three plates engraved by H. Corbould.
Full polished tan calf by Morrell ca. 1900 (stamp-signed in gilt on front blank). Covers bordered in gilt, spine with five raised bands decoratively tooled in compartments, red morocco spine label lettered in gilt, decorative gilt board edges and turn-ins, marbled endpapers, all edged gilt. With the engraved bookplate of Charles Lewis Slattery on front paste-down.
A fine and very attractive edition of Shakespeare's Poems which includes a a Memoir of Shakespeare by the Rev. Alexander Dyce.
The London bindery of W. T. Morrell was established about 1861 as successor to the firm begun by Francis Bedford, who, in turn, had taken over the famous bindery of Charles Lewis. Prideaux in her "Modern Bookbindings" published in 1906, says that Morrell at that time had a very large business that supplied "all the booksellers with bindings designed by his men," bindings that were "remarkable for their variety and merit."
Charles Lewis Slattery (1867-1930) was a bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts and a prominent writer in the early twentieth century.