Edinburgh: T. and A. Constable, 1903. Item #05240
"Like Madness is the Glory of this Life" (Apemantus)
“The Greatest Enemy will Hide in the Last Place you would ever Look” (Caesar)
One of Twenty-Six Special Copies with Original Watercolors
SHAKESPEARE, William. The Life of Timon of Athens [and] The Tragedy of Julius Caesar. The Works of William Shakespeare. Edited by W.E. Henley. Printed at Edinburgh for R.G. Newbegin New York by T. and A. Constable, 1903.
The Connoissurs' Edition of the Extra Illustrated Henley Shakespeare, limited to twenty-six lettered copies, of which this is Letter G.
Folio (12 3/4 x 8 1/8 inches; 324 x 206 mm.). [vi], 277-346, [347, verso blank]; [1-2], 3-75, [1, blank] pp.
Elaborately illustrated with engravings, prints, and original watercolors throughout the texts, offering different artist's interpretations of Shakespeare's characters and scenes.
Original full red morocco, covers elaborately decorated ruled and decorated in gilt. Inlays of green and brown morocco. Spine with four raised bands decoratively tooled and lettered in gilt in compartments. An inlaid brown morocco flower in three of the panels. Fine multi-gilt ruled wide turn-ins surrounding a large rectangular panel of green morocco, gray floral silk endleaves. The inside front doublure with a very fine oval hand-colored engraving (6 x 4/58 inches; 152 x 117 mm.) of Caesars wife Calpurnia, set 'cosway-style' within a decorative gilt design. Top edge gilt, others uncut. A wonderful example.
Set in Athens and Rome, respectively, Timon of Athens and Julius Caesar have in common their depictions of powerful men brought down by their own hubris. Both valuing wealth and power, Timon's downfall comes from foolish generosity while Caesar's results from his growing tyranny. And while Timon's tragedy ends with his descent into poverty, isolation, and disillusionment, Caesar's concludes with his unforgettable assassination in the Forum on the Ides of March. Here, both plays are lavishly illustrated and hand-colored.
Timon of Athens:
Wealthy and popular, Timon of Athens helps his friends, gives many gifts, and holds a feast. After ignoring his true friends' warnings, Timon runs out of money, and none of his "friends" will help him. He runs away to a cave where he curses humanity, finds gold, funds someone to destroy Athens, and dies.
Jealous conspirators convince Caesar's friend Brutus to join their assassination plot against Caesar. To stop Caesar from gaining too much power, Brutus and the conspirators kill him on the Ides of March. Mark Antony drives the conspirators out of Rome and fights them in a battle. Brutus and his friend Cassius lose and kill themselves, leaving Antony to rule in Rome.
Timon of Athens
Frontispiece portrait of Richard Burbage (the first ever actor to play Hamlet)
p.277 watercolor in margin
p.284 monotone in margin
p.293 watercolor in margin
Plate facing p.296 with original watercolor of Timon by H.C.Gycer?
p.299 watercolor in margin
p.304 monotone in margin
p.311 monotone in margin
Plate facing p.316 with hand colored engraving
p.319 watercolor in margin
p.321 monotone in margin
Plate facing p.324 with hand colored engraving
p.329 monotone in margin
p.336 monotone in margin
p.341 watercolor in margin
Plate facing p.344 with hand mono-colored engraving
[p.347] watercolor tailpiece
p.3 large watercolor in margin
p.5 monotone in margin
p.12 monotone in margin
p.13 monotone in margin
p.19 large watercolor in margin
Plate facing p.20 with hand colored engraving
p.25 monotone in margin
p.29 monotone in margin
Plate facing p.32 with hand colored engraving
p.35 monotone in margin
Plate facing p.40 full page hand colored engraving
p.43 watercolor in margin
Plate facing p.44 with hand colored engraving
Plate facing p.48 with hand colored engraving
p.51 monotone in margin
p.53 watercolor in margin
Plate facing p.56 with hand mono-colored engraving
p.69 large watercolor in margin
p.75 watercolor tailpiece.