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Barnaby Rudge. A Tale of the Riots of ‘’Eighty’ - Charles Dickens, F. Barnard (illustrator)

1874 - Chapman and Hall, 193 Piccadilly - Household Edition, and first Barnard illustrated edition
A handsomely bound edition, with 46 illustrations by Frederick Barnard and the text in double columns.

‘Set against the backdrop of the Gordon Riots of 1780,
Barnaby Rudge is a story of mystery and suspense which begins with an unsolved double murder and goes on to involve conspiracy, blackmail, abduction and retribution. Through the course of the novel fathers and sons become opposed, apprentices plot against their masters and anti-Catholic mobs rampage through the streets. With its dramatic descriptions of public violence and private horror, its strange secrets and ghostly doublings, Barnaby Rudge is a powerful, disturbing blend of historical realism and Gothic melodrama.’ 
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Sketches by Boz illustrative of Every-Day Life and Every-Day People - Charles Dickens, F. Barnard (illustrator)

1876 - Chapman and Hall, 193 Piccadilly - Household Edition, and first Barnard illustrated edition
A handsomely bound edition of Charles Dickens's first published book, a funny and touching collection of observation, fancy and fiction showing the London he knew in all its complexity - its streets, theatres, inns, pawnshops, law courts, prisons and, of course, the river Thames. His descriptions of everyday life and people seem to anticipate characters from his great novels - garrulous matrons, vulgar young clerks, Scrooge-like bachelors - while his powers of social critique shine in his unflinching depictions of the city's forgotten citizens, from child workers to prostitutes.

With 34 illustrations by Frederick Barnard and the text in double columns.
 
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1873 - Harper & Brothers, New York - Household Edition, and First Edition to be illustrated by Sheppard
A handsomely bound edition, with 52 illustrations by William Ludwell Sheppard and the text in double columns.

‘Dombey and Son
is both a firm and a family and the ambiguous connection between public and private life lies at the heart of Dickens' novel. Paul Dombey is a man who runs his domestic affairs as he runs his business: calculatingly, callously, coldly and commercially.

Through his dysfunctional relationships with his son, his two wives, and his neglected daughter Florence, Dickens paints a vivid picture of the limitations of a society dominated by commercial values and the drive for profit and explores the possibility of moral and emotional redemption through familial love.’
 
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The Plays. From the corrected text of Johnson and Steevens. Embellished with plates - William Shakespeare

1807 - John Stockdale, London - First Heath Edition
This is how Shakespeare should be read! Six magnificently large quarto volumes of Shakespeare’s plays, with twenty two copperplates engraved by James Heath after Thomas Stothard, William Hamilton and Henry Fuseli.

Volume I – Midsummer Night’s Dream; Taming of the Shrew; Merry Wives of Windsor; Much Ado about Nothing; All’s well that ends well; Measure for Measure.
Volume II – Winter’s Tale; Two Gentlemen of Verona; Hamlet; Romeo and Juliet; Richard II; Richard III.
Volume III – Comedy of Errors; Macbeth; Henry VI; As you like it.
Volume IV – Tempest; Twelfth Night; Henry VIII; Julius Caesar; Timon of Athens; Coriolanus.
Volume V – Love’s Labour’s lost; King John; King Lear; Troilus and Cressida; Titus Andronicus; Othello.
Volume VI – Merchant of Venice; Henry IV; Henry V; Antony and Cleopatra; Cymebline; Pericles.

The engraver James Heath (1757–1834) was the London-born son of a bookbinder. The family originated in Nottingham where James Heath’s grandfather Joseph Heath was a bookseller and writing-master. James was apprenticed to the engraver Joseph Collyer the younger in 1771 and became established as one of the leading line engravers of his time. His first major success was in engraving plates for Bell’s edition of The Poets of Great Britain. He was employed by the Robinson family of booksellers from 1779 to 1804. He became one of the most widely employed engravers of the age, producing illustrations for many celebrated works including Lavater’s Essays on Physiognomy; Vancouver’s A voyage of discovery to the north Pacific Ocean, and round the world; Bruce’s Travels to Discover the Source of the Nile; and the frontispiece portrait to Boswell’s Life of Johnson. He engraved some plates for Boydell’s Shakespeare Gallery, and in 1807 published this six-volume set of Shakespeare illustrated with engravings after works by Stothard and Henry Fuseli on his own account, a substantial demonstration of his huge popularity.
 
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The Works of William Shakespeare - William Shakespeare, Alexander Dyce

1891 - Swan Sonnenschein & Co., London - Sixth Edition
An attractively bound ten volume set of Shakespeare, volume I with Dyce’s Life of Shakespeare, prefaces, and history of the early editions, volume X containing a 526 page glossary. 
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1926 - William Heinemann Ltd., London - First Rackham Edition. Number 302 of 520 limited copies signed by Arthur Rackham.
The isle is full of noises,
Sounds and sweet airs that give delight and hurt not

A beautiful example of the powerful Rackham illustrated
Tempest, signed by him and containing 21 tipped-in colour plates, including an enchanting extra colour plate of Nymphs ringing the bell, not found in the standard trade edition, and in the very seldom seen original dust jacket.

The limited large quarto edition bound in the publisher’s quarter vellum over cream paper boards, lettered and illustrated in gilt.

Merrily, Merrily shall I live now
Under the blossom that hangs on the bough
 
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The Tragedy of Richard the Third: with the Landing of Earle Richmond, and the Battell at Bosworth Field - William Shakespeare, Mary Grabhorn (illustrator)

1953 - The Grabhorn Press, San Francisco - First Grabhorn Edition. One of 180 Limited Copies
A fine copy of this handsome private press folio (19.8x26.8cm), bound in full limp vellum with cloth ties, spine lettered in gilt, and housed in the original green paper covered slipcase.

With six colour illustrations printed from woodblocks designed and cut by Mary Grabhorn. The paper was hand made at the Tuckenay Mill in England, and the type, an old French Lettre Batarde, was cast in Paris at the Peignot Foundry.

The third volume in the beautiful Grabhorn Press series of Shakespeare’s plays, and as with the previous two, the text for this edition is reprinted from the First Folio of 1623.

Established in San Francisco in 1919 by the brothers Edwin and Robert Grabhorn, the Grabhorn Press operated until 1965. Much of the Press's work appears under the imprint of other presses and publishers, though it also produced work under its own imprint. Many Grabhorn Press books feature illustrations be Valenti Angelo, Mallette Dean, and Mary Grabhorn (the daughter of Edwin Grabhorn). Jane Grabhorn, the wife of Robert Grabhorn, ran the Jumbo Press and Colt Press. After Edwin Grabhorn's death, Robert Grabhorn co-founded Grabhorn-Hoyem in 1966 with Andrew Hoyem, who later founded the Arion Press.
 
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1955 - The Grabhorn Press, San Francisco - First Grabhorn Edition. One of 180 Limited Copies
A fine copy of this handsome private press folio, bound in hand made parchment paper with tipped on hand-printed colour medallion and gilt lettered spine, text printed on fine English handmade paper, and featuring seven colour illustrations printed from woodblocks designed and cut by Mary Grabhorn.

The fifth volume in the magnificent Grabhorn Press series of Shakespeare’s plays, and as with the previous four, the text for this edition is reprinted from the First Folio of 1623.

Housed in the publisher’s decorated paper covered slipcase.
 
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