London: The Nonesuch Press, 1953. 8vo. 4 volumes, set. Original brown quarter buckram with marbled cloth boards, gilt. Three volumes of the Plays on a thin but opaque paper, one volume of the Poems on a matching japon vellum - both papers specially designed and made for this edition. With the original slipcase and glassine jackets. Original prospectus loosely inserted. Forty-seven headpieces and a Dedication to Her Majesty The Queen engraved in wood by Reynolds Stone. Glassine jackets have several very short closed tears. The slipcase is a bit worn. A lovely set in near fine condition. Item #1823
'The text and order of the First Folio with Quarto variants and a choice of modern readings noted marginally: to which are added Pericles and the First Quartos of six of the plays with three plays of doubtful authorship: also the Poems according to the original Quartos and Octavos.' Published, with decorations by Reynolds Stone, to celebrate the dawn of the Second Elizabethan Age, this is the perfect gift edition.
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