Item #05186 Chiswick Shakespeare, The. William SHAKESPEARE, SANGORSKI, binders SUTCLIFFE, Byam SHAW.
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London: George Bell & Sons, 1899. Item #05186

The Complete Chiswick Shakespeare
One of Sixty Sets Printed on Japanese Vellum, Illustrated by Byam Shaw
Twenty Volumes Specially Bound by Sangorski & Sutcliffe
Each Volume with Thirty-Eight Onlaid Tudor Roses and Flowers on the Covers

SHAKESPEARE, William. SANGORSKI & SUTCLIFFE, binders. SHAW, Byam, illustrator. The Chiswick Shakespeare. [Shakespeare's Complete Works.] With an introduction & notes by John Dennis & illustrations by Byam Shaw. London: George Bell & Sons, [Printed at the Chiswick Press], 1899-1902. [Limited to two hundred copies printed on Japanese Vellum [of which this is no. 2 of 60 sets specially bound by Sangorski & Sutcliffe].

Thirty-nine volumes bound in twenty. Small octavo (6 1/8 x 4 inches; 155 x 101 mm.). Including a Glossary and Notes at the end of each volume. Pictorial title-pages printed in red and black. Each volume with a frontispiece, five full-page, and six head and tailpiece illustrations by Byam Shaw. In addition there are several full page engraved plates by H. Corbould. The first volume, The Tempest & Two Gentlemen of Verona signed in ink by John Dennis, Byam Shaw, G. Bell & Sons Ltd., Charles Whittingham & Co. G. Sutcliffe & one other (indiscernible). In addition there is a leaf "Statutory Declaration & Guarantee" dated in ink "21st January 1914" and signed in ink by G. Sutcliffe and Isadore Goldman (commissioner of oaths).

Bound in 1914 by Sangorski & Sutcliffe (stamp-signed in gilt on rear turn-in). Full ochre morocco, front covers elaborately tooled in gilt in a floral design within a decorative gilt fillet border. Three red onlaid Tudor roses and flowers in each corner surrounding a central wreath of seven onlaid Tudor roses and flowers. Rear covers similarly decorated. Spines with five raised bands, decoratively tooled in an elaborate floral design and lettered in gilt in compartments. Board-edges ruled in gilt, decorative gilt turn-ins, green watered silk liners and end-leaves, top edge gilt, others uncut. All twenty of these superb inlaid bindings have slightly different, unique to each volume, decoration.
Spines slightly darkened otherwise near fine. A wonderful example of Sangorski & Sutcliffe at their very best.

John Byam Liston Shaw (13 November 1872 – 26 January 1919), commonly known as Byam Shaw, was a British painter, illustrator, designer and teacher. In 1899 Byam Shaw married the artist Evelyn Caroline Eunice Pyke-Nott, later known as Evelyn CE Shaw (1870–1959). Evelyn's sister was Isabel Codrington, another early twentieth century artist. Throughout his career Byam Shaw worked competently in a wide variety of media including oils, watercolor, pastels, pen and ink and deployed techniques such as dyeing and gilding. He was influenced by the Pre-Raphaelites and took many of his subjects from the poems of Rossetti. He exhibited frequently at Dowdeswell and Dowdeswell's gallery in New Bond Street, where he had at least five solo exhibitions between 1896 and 1916. Later in his life his popularity as an artist waned,and he turned to teaching for his living. He taught at the Women's Department of King's College London from 1904 and in 1910, with Rex Vicat Cole, he founded the Byam Shaw and Vicat Cole School of Art later renamed simply the "Byam Shaw School of Art". Evelyn Shaw had an active role in the new school, teaching the miniatures class, her area of expertise. Shaw had had a long association with the artist and illustrator Eleanor Fortescue-Brickdale, who taught at the new school.

The Chiswick Shakespeare is a renowned series that featured all of Shakespeare’s best-known works in handy pocket volumes, each with updated text and beautiful illustrations by Byam Shaw.

Price: $9,500.00