much foxing throughout, cover very worn - marbled cover worn and torn and rubbed away back cover, leather spine and corners rubbed through in spots, damp staining; spine cracked, but binding sound; page 211 of Secret Passion has torn off corner not affecting text; 254p, 315p, 230 p respectively corner frep torn and has ink stamp; no frontis; some feps missing. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: Shakspeare Novels - Youth of Shakspeare; ...
Publisher: Stringer & Townsend
Publication Date: 1853
Binding: Hard Cover
Book Condition: Good
Book Description Leavitt and Allen (circa 1856-1860), 1860. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Engraved Frontispiece (illustrator). Uncommon printing of the three Shakespeare novels of Robert Folkestone Williams, all bound together in this one large and impressive volume. Binding still solid and pleasing. The blindstamped cover design heavily gilt in an intricate floral pattern. Spine with large oval portrait of Shakespeare with backdrop of green (apparently painted on). Title with background of orange. Title and Shakespeare portrait in gilt. The gilt of the Shakespeare portrait with considerable rub, and spine slightly sunned. A couple very short closed tears from pull on headband. Still, a very pleasing looking example of mid-nineteenth century quality bookbinding. This was apparently published at some time during the few years leading up to the Civil War between 1856 and 1860 when Leavitt and Allen had their offices at 379 Boradway as noted on the three separate title pages. Contents with just a bit of sporadic foxing but most pages quite clean and with light age toning. Text block marbled. Bookplates of a former owner on front paste-down endpaper. The bookplates appear to be late 19th and early 20th century. First free blank endpaper lacking but second blank present. Engraved frontispiece tissue protected and shows scene from Twelfth Night. Title page for each novel with elaborate illustration of scenes of romance and tragedy. These novels about Shakespeare are apparently the first use of Shakespeare himself as a character in fiction. Size: Tall Octavo, 254, 315, 230pp. Bookseller Inventory # 1417