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SHAKESPEARE, William, & Christopher Marlowe.
Shakespeare's Sonnets; [together with] Doctor Faustus.
London: Ballantyne Press [for The Vale Press],, 1903. Octavo (229 x 144 mm). Finely bound for Hatchards in red morocco, titles and decoration to spine gilt, raised bands, double rule to boards and turn-ins gilt, grey endpapers, top edge gilt, others untrimmed. Printed title page, head and tail pieces by Charles Ricketts. Slight fading to spine, couple of tips rubbed, else a near-fine copy. First Vale Press editions, first impressions. The binding and decorations were designed by Charles Ricketts (1866-1931), a publisher, designer and wood engraver who readily embraced the printing revival which propagated the ideals of the arts-and-crafts movement: "The novelty of a book, made during the recent revival, lies in the fact that it shows design in each portion of it, from type to paper, and from 'build' to decoration. Therein lies the difference between a book so understood and any other modern book printed before 1891...". Franklin, p. 81; Ransom, p. 437.
Bookseller: Peter Harrington [United Kingdom]
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