The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, In Thirty-Nine Volumes. William Shakespeare, Herbert Farjeon ed.

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, In Thirty-Nine Volumes.

Norwalk, Connecticut: Easton Press, 1992. Hardcover. A beautiful 39 volume set in full burgundy leather morocco, gilt decorated, printed in a large and easy to read type font, each with full page color plates by a different well known illustrator of the golden age of illustration. A Midsummer Night's Dream illustrations by Arthur Rackham, the next to the last work illustrated by this artist. With unused Easton Press bookplate loosely inserted.

Each volume is illustrated with full page color illustrations in a different medium (wood engraving, etching, watercolor) including:
The Tempest, illustrated by Edward A. Wilson; A Midsummer Night's Dream, illustrated by Arthur Rackham; Romeo and Juliet, illustrated by Ervine Metzl; Hamlet, illustrated by Edy Legrand; Macbeth, illustrated by Gordon Craig; As You Like It, illustrated by Sylvain Sauvage; Julius Caesar illustrated by Frans Masereel; King Lear, illustrated by Boardman Robinson; Twelfth Night, illustrated by Francesco Carnevali; The Comedy of Errors,, illustrated by John Archibald Austen; Love's Labor Lost, illustrated by Mariette Lydis; All's Well That Ends Well, illustrated by Richard Floethe; Antony and Cleopatra, illustrated by Enric-C. Ricart; Henry the Fourth Parts I and II, illustrated by Barnettt Freedman and Edward Bawden; Henry the Fifth, illustrated by Vera Willoughby; Henry the Sixth Parts I, II & III, illustrated by Graham Sutherland, Carlotta Petrina and Jean Charlot; Henry the Eighth, illustrated by Eric Gill; Richard the Second, illustrated by A. Miller Parker; Richard the Third, illustrated by Fritz Eichenberg; King John, illustrated by Valenti Angelo; Coriolanus, illustrated by C. Pal Molnar; Troilus and Cressida, illustrated by Demetrius Galanis; Timon of Athens, illustrated by George Buday; Pericles, illustrated by Stanislas Ostoja Chrostowski; Titus Andronicus, illustrated by Nikolai F. Lapshin; Cymbeline, illustrated by Yngve Berg; Measure for Measure, illustrated by Hugo Steiner Prag; Othello, illustrated by Robert Gibbings; The Merry Wives of Windsor, illustrated by Gordon Ross; The Winter's Tale, illustrated by Albert Rutherston; Much Ado About Nothing, illustrated by Fritz Kredel; The Taming of the Shrew, illustrated by W. A. Dwiggins; The Merchant of Venice, illustrated by Rene ben Sussan; and Two Gentlemen of Verona, illustrated by Pierre Brissaud. The last two volumes in the set are The Poems of William Shakespeare Volumes I & II.

4to, bound in burgundy leather morocco with gold gilt decorations and raised bands on the spines, gilt titles on black title labels, all edges are gilt. Moire silk end papers and gold satin ribbon markers in each volume, the text printed on archival quality paper. Bright and clean, no previous owner signatures. A lovely set. Fine. Item #22865

Price: $1,250.00