6 December 2013
[RACKHAM, Arthur, illustrator]. -- LAMB, Charles (1775-1834) & Mary. Tales from Shakespeare. London: J.M. Dent; New York: E.P. Dutton, 1909.
4o (277 x 206 mm). Frontispiece, 12 mounted color plates, numerous in-text illustrations. 20th-century green morocco gilt by Bayntun-Riviere, upper cover with brown and tan morocco onlay of Bottom, spine in 6 compartments with 5 raised bands, gilt-lettered in 2, turn-ins gilt, top edge gilt, others uncut.
LIMITED EDITION, number 206 of 750 copies SIGNED BY RACKHAM on large paper and with the extra plate facing p. 16, as described on the inserted "Note" slip. The binding depicts the scene from Midsummer Night's Dream in which Oberon puts juice from a magical flower in Titania's eyes while she sleeps, which will cause her to fall in love with the first thing she sees. Upon waking, she first sees Bottom, a clown practicing for the play who has been given a donkey's head by Puck; she falls madly in love.
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