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  1. Limited edition, number 1399 of 1600 copies; 7 vols, 8vo; light offsetting to prelims and endpapers, otherwise unmarked internally; original full niger morocco, some spotting and fading as always, double gilt fillet borders, spines in compartments with 5 raised bands, gilt lettering to spines, some boards slightly rubbed, edges uncut, overall a very good set.

    £1,250
  2. Number 951 of a limited edition of 1,600 copies; 7 vols, 8vo (245 x 165 mm); mild off-setting from dentelles (inside edges of leather) to preliminary pages, otherwise internally near-fine; publisher's pigskin, gilt, top edge gilt, others uncut, a few marks and toning (as is usual with this leather) to boards, spines a bit unevenly sunned (again, as is most common for this set), otherwise very good.

    £1,900
  3. 3 vols, 8vo; portrait frontispieces of Shakespeare, some light spotting to prelims; contemporary half dark blue calf over blue cloth boards by Thomas de la Rue & Co., gilt Admiralty crest to upper covers, Admiralty prize label to front pastedown of each volume, spines gilt in compartments, red morocco labels with gilt lettering, spines slightly faded, marbled edges, marbled endpapers, corners slightly rubbed, covers slightly soiled, otherwise an attractive set.

    £375
  4. Number 234 of a limited edition of 500 copies, signed by Thomson; 4to (290 x 235 mm); 40 tipped-in colour plates with captioned tissue-guards, some light peripheral spotting, mostly to endpapers; publisher's full vellum gilt, silk ties, discolouraton to spine from glue reaction (as is common), upper board slightly bowed, otherwise very good.

    £750
  5. First edition; 8vo; frontispiece by John Everett Millais, 4pp. advertisements; small nick and corner crease to bottom edge of p. 7, very occasional mild soiling, mostly to preliminary and terminal pages; publisher's blue cloth, hinges and spine (darkened) professionally restored, a few, mild spots to endpapers, otherwise a good copy in all.

    £450
  6. One of 300 copies on paper, this one of 200 for distribution outside Italy; small folio (265 x 175 mm); printed on Pescia paper in red & black; original morocco-backed patterned cloth, gilt, top edge gilt, others uncut, original plastic dust-jacket and cloth slip-case, a fine copy.

    £700
  7. Number 95 of 650 copies signed by the artist and the engraver; portfolio (360 x 275 mm); title printed in red & black, 8 mounted rice paper plates window-mounted and with captioned tissue guards, foxing to two plates, some creasing to the plate margins due to shrinkage, but rendered invisible by the window mounts; loose as issued in publisher's terracotta & green cloth decorated in gilt, light contemporary gift inscription to inside front cover, overall a very good example.

    £300
  8. Folio (361 x 229 mm). Contemporary calf, rebacked with old red morocco spine label laid down, edges marbled, in a red quarter morocco solander box. Engraved portrait by Martin Droeshout above the verses To the Reader on verso of the first leaf, title with fleur-de-lis device (McKerrow 263), double column text within typographical rules, woodcut initials. Covers worn and repaired, free endpapers renewed; first owner's signature on blank recto of portrait causing show-through and a single tiny burnhole from the ink in the hatched background, restored, E6 folded in the press at lower corner and so printed without loss, F3 with tiny split at border rule, 2Hlv with 18 letters neatly supplied by an early hand in pen and ink as a result of light inking in the press, sig. 2H slightly dampstained towards fore edge, 3Z2 with press tear affecting nine lines and partial loss of a word, about five tiny rust holes and about eight natural paper flaws affecting approximately thirty letters throughout, a few very minor nicks, tears and trifling wormholes, all marginal, a few very minor stains; overall, a very good, fresh, unsophisticated copy.

    £200,000
  9. Limited edition number 85 of 106 specially-bound copies on hand-made paper and signed by the artist, Granville-Barker and Rutherston, from an total edition of 606; 4to; colour plates by Charles Ricketts, printed at the Shakespeare Head Press of Stratford-upon-Avon; publisher's brown morocco with elaborate strapwork panels in gilt, by Zaehnsdorf, spine gilt, top edge gilt, others untrimmed, a little rubbed at extremities, joints starting but sound, small dent to rear board, otherwise very good-plus; lix, [blank], 84, [1]pp.

    £950
  10. Fourteen volumes, small 8vo, engraved portrait frontispiece of Shakespeare, numerous plates, a little spotting, mostly to verso and margins of plates, some margins trimmed, else very good, contemporary calf, maroon lettering pieces to smooth spines, other panels gilt, marbled edges, rubbed and aged but mellow and pleasant.

    £1,250
 

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