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Shakespeare, William
Binding, Fine- Unsigned, Possibly Cedric Chivers ] Songs From the Plays of Shakespeare
Aldine House, London, 1898. Expertly and beautifully bound, unsigned, but very reminiscent of Cedric Chivers, in sumptuous wide-grained light brown morocco with an exceptional inlaid design on the front cover featuring a lute inlaid in red with a small mother-of-pearl inset, surrounded by red and white flowers, green leaves and vines, and accented with small gilt dots. Title in gilt with first three lines from ìOrpheus with his luteî (from Henry VIII) and at the bottom: ìOrpheus with his lute made trees, And the mountain-tops that freeze, Bow themselves, when he did sing:î Outlined in double gilt rules, outer edges of boards with same design. Title to second compartment and dual gilt ruling with small flower tool to each of the remaining compartments. Dentelles ruled in gilt and blind, with light brown silk endpapers. Illustrated with 12 plates by Paul Woodroffe. With small leather bookplate to front silk pastedown (PMC?). All edges gilt. Measures approx. 6" x 8.25." Near fine, with occasional wear.
Bookseller: Nudelman Rare Books [Seattle, WA, U.S.A.]
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