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1905 Tales from Shakespeare : Charles & Mary Lamb : Gilt design by A A Turbayne

1905 Tales from Shakespeare : Charles & Mary Lamb : Gilt design by A A Turbayne

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Tales from Shakespeare (Book cover by A A Turbayne)

By Charles & Mary Lamb

Illustrated by N M Price

Published by T C & E C Jack, London, 1905. First Thus. Hardback with publisher's gilt blocked boards designed by the esteemed book designer Albert Angus Turbayne. Turbayne's monogram can be spotted to the bottom right of the front board (see picture provided). The book measures 24 x 16.5cm. Patterned endpapers also by Turbayne, as is the border design for the title page. pp xii, 323, [i]. Illustrated with a frontispiece of Charles & Mary Lamb taken from the portraits by H. Meyer and F. Stephen held in the National Portrait Gallery, plus colour 20 plates by N M Price.

CONTENTS
THE TEMPEST
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM
THE WINTER'S TALE
MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
AS YOU LIKE IT
THE TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA
THE MERCHANT OF VENICE
CYMBELINE
KING LEAR
МАСВЕТН
ALL'S WELL THAT ENDS WELL
THE TAMING OF THE SHREW
THE COMEDY OF ERRORS
MEASURE FOR MEASURE
TWELFTH NIGHT; OR, WHAT YOU WILL
TIMON OF ATHENS
ROMEO AND JULIET
HAMLET, PRINCE OF DENMARK OTHELLO
PERICLES, PRINCE OF TYRE

CONDITION
A very good copy. The cloth binding is in very good condition with no tears and the spine-ends remain good. The gilt blocking to the upper board and spine remains bright and clear. Endpapers very good. Small neat inscription to front blank endpaper. All contents present and pages good throughout with just ocassional light spotting to the odd margin. All plates present and in good condition. Overall a very good copy of this colelctable edition.

Albert Angus Turbayne (1866–1940) was one of the most distinguished binding designers of the final decade of the nineteenth century, and worked in several styles. Some of his commissions took the form of elaborately tooled bindings in leather which were directed at the expensive tastes, while others, and those which have still have currency, were trade bindings for the modest (or middle-class) pocket.

Often linked to the Art and Crafts designs of William Morris, and credited as one of those who sought to improve public taste by promoting work of the highest quality, he is also viewed as a sophisticated proponent of Art Nouveau, whose bindings bear comparison with those of Laurence Housman and Charles Ricketts. Framed by Morris’s Kelmscott Press and the extravagance of Aubrey Beardsley, Turbayne occupies a complex position within the discourse of Victorian book design.

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