London: William Heinemann, 1908. [Fantasy drama] First Rackham Illustrated Edition, SIGNED LIMITED ISSUE. Large Quarto (30 x 24cm), pp.134; , blank; , imprint. With forty tipped-in colour plates, each with captioned tissue guards. Publisher's full parchment over boards pictorially blocked in gilt, fore-edge ties, top edge gilt. Number 712 of 1000 copies signed by the illustrator. A lightly used copy with mild spotting, a little expected marking to covers, silk ties are vintage (possibly replaced). A very good copy indeed. Shakespeare's story follows four young Athenian lovers and a group of actors who are controlled and manipulated by the fairies who inhabit the forest in which most of their play is set. Item #55243
Book Collector No.271, 'The Great Illustrators'.
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