TALES FROM SHAKESPEARE. Charles Lamb, Mary Lamb, Arthur Rackham.
TALES FROM SHAKESPEARE
TALES FROM SHAKESPEARE
TALES FROM SHAKESPEARE
TALES FROM SHAKESPEARE

TALES FROM SHAKESPEARE

London: J.M. Dent & Sons, Ltd., {1909} 1927. Rackham, Arthur. Second Edition. Hardcover. Stories from the Bard selected and subtly modified for young readers, to be "enrichers of the fancy, strengtheners of virtue, a lesson of all sweet and honourable thoughts and actions, to teach courtesy, benignity, generosity, humanity..."

Imperial octavo hardcover format, bound handsomely in navy blue cloth-covered boards. Gilt lettering to spine and front board with lovely gilt illustration depicting elfen boy and girl reading As You Like It, (maybe) from Shakespeare's First Folio. Rubbing to extremities and a bit of general shelfwear, especially to spine caps and corners, and joints slightly loosey-goosey, but holding tight nonetheless. Discoloration to endpapers, slight toning to text blocks, else a solid working copy of a delightful children's classic.

Black-and-white drawings throughout, but augmented with a dozen of Rackham's powerfully lyrical, almost magical color illustrations, executed for the original of this volume in 1899, then issued first in this edition in 1909, first reprinted here. Illustrated endpapers front and rear, originallly drawn by Arthur Rackham in 1896 for the 1899 first edition the others, are printed on high-gloss paper.

A charming volume. Clean, still bright, and not so preciously pristine that it could not well serve as a working copy for any parent who wanted to shut down the Internet and turn off the TV, at least once per week: a working copy, and eminently affordable too! Printed at the Temple Press, Letchworth, Great Britain. [xii] [1], 2-304 pp. VERY GOOD. Item #85190

Mary Lamb (December 3, 1764 - May 20, 1847) and Charles Lamb (February 10, 1775 - December 27, 1834) are well-known, much-beloved, brother-sister adapters of classic literature, mostly for children and still young-at-heart adults. Tales From Shakespeare is deservedly well known and loved. Mary suffered greatly from mental illness and stabbed their mother to death in 1796 at age 31 and was thence confined to an institution. Their adaptations of The Tempest, The Winter's Tale, As You Like It, Cymbeline, King Lear, etc. are still quite readable.

Price: $95.00