SHAKESPEARE, William (playwright). E.J. SULLIVAN (illustrator). The Works: The Tragedies; The Comedies; The Histories.

London; The Phoenix Book Company Ltd., circa 1934.


Thick 8vo.; 3 volumes; publisher's crimson skiver leather over red cloth boards, spines extravagantly decorated in gilt, all edges gilt, decorated front pastedowns, pp. [xiv], 7-847 + [i]; [viii] + 981 + [i]; [viii] + 887 + [i]; complete with titles in sepia and red and a total of 39 plates by Sullivan in photogravure, with captioned tissue guards; a fine set with neat contemporary gift inscriptions, dated 1934, to all three volumes.

Early edition illustrated by Sullivan: a de luxe reprint of the original, published by Dent in 1911. This very readable edition contains, in addition to the usual plays, the following: Venus And Adonis; The Rape of Lucrece; the Sonnets; A Lover's Complaint; The Passionate Pilgrim, and The Phoenix and Turtle, with helpful glossaries at the rear of each volume.