London: Grant Richards, 1901-1903. 1st. Leather bound. First Edition Thus, Limited #803 of 1000 copies, numbered & SIGNED on Volume 1 limitation page "T. & A. Constable", Printers to her late majesty, Edinburgh. 6 (of 10) volumes, various pagination. Engraved frontispiece portraits with tissue guards. Tatle pages with red & black lettering and vignettes of sailing ship. A photographic print (with titled tissue guard) of Richard Mansfield affixed to 3rd ffep. Richard Mansfield (1857-1907) was an English actor-manager best known for his performances in Shakespeare plays, Gilbert and Sullivan operas and for his portrayal of the dual title roles in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. This set was bound especially for Wallace T. Hughes, as printed on 4th ffep in each volume. Three-quarter dark green leather over blue cloth boards; decked page edges; TEG; marbled endpapers; 5 raised bands & gilt lettering & decoration to spines. A very good set (leather on spines browned; owner bookplate & blindstamps in 3 volumes; dampstaining to lower front boards of 2 volumes; minor foxing; some corner boards starting to show; light wear to extremities, joints and spine ends); still, a handsome set. Item #17808
This work was fashioned after the First Folio of Shakespeare's works printed in the 17th Century, and includes many well-known tragedies, histories and comedies from the English dramatist. These 6 volumes include the Histories and 15 of the 17 Comedies.