London, South Kensington
6 June 2006
SHAKESPEARE, William (1564-1616). A Midsummer-Night's Dream. London: William Heinemann, 1908. 4°. Half title, mounted coloured frontispiece and 39 plates by Arthur Rackham, illustrations (some text leaves lightly browned and spotted). Original pictorial vellum gilt, top edges gilt, others uncut (lacks ties). NUMBER 155 OF 1,000 COPIES SIGNED BY THE ARTIST. Latimore & Haskell p.32; Riall p.87.
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