SHAKESPEARE, WILLIAM. Complete Works. (c. 1904)
Glasgow & NY David Bryce and Son (1904) Forty
volumes. Dedicated to the actress Ellen Terry, this complete set of Shakespeare was part of a series of literary sets or individual volumes dedicated to her. Of the Ellen Terry series, Louis Bondy wrote that these volumes are "Bryce's greatest achievement as a leading promoter of miniature books," and, in particular, he describes the Shakespeare as "the most prodigious of these sets." (Bondy, p.114). Most of the sets were printed in 1904. Included are all the plays, the sonnets, a biographical sketch, and glossary. Bound in gilt stamped Harlequin morocco (which have been re-bound) with gilt stamped decoration and title to spines,
This is a re-bound set Housed in a custom made period wooden two-tier bookcase, with shell-style marquetry inlay decoration to each end.
Fine. Sold by a collector in a public auction at Bonhams, 9th November 2022.