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The Merry Wives of Windsor, Shakespeare, William
1 Shakespeare, William The Merry Wives of Windsor
London William Heinemann 1910 Limited First Edition Vellum Fine Thomson, Hugh 
4to - over 9. Book. William Heinemann, 1910., London:, 1910. First Edition, thus. Large quarto, 171 pages. Bound in vellum over boards, pictorially tooled in gilt. Illustrated with 40 colored plates, including frontispiece mounted on heavy brown paper and protected by lettered tissue guards. Top Edge Gilt. Number 137 of 350 numbered copies, signed by the illustrator. Generally fine condition, with some light soilage to decorated vellum binding, missing ribbon ties, and half-title/limitation page has tiny narrow hole in lower right corner (about one inch long). I will be glad to send photos of book, especially to allay concerns regarding said hole. 
Price: 400.00 USD
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The School for Scandal, Sheridan, Richard Brinsley.  Illustrated by Hugh Thomson
2 Sheridan, Richard Brinsley. Illustrated by Hugh Thomson The School for Scandal
New York and London Hodden & Stoughton Decorated Cloth Very Good 
N.d., circa 1911. 4to. 196 pp. 25 tipped-in color plates. Interior clean. Discoloration along rear joint 
Price: 150.00 USD
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My Lady's Casket of Jewels and Flowers for Her Adorning With Selections, Talbot, Eleanor W., illustrated
3 Talbot, Eleanor W., illustrated My Lady's Casket of Jewels and Flowers for Her Adorning With Selections
Boston (also New York) Lee and Shepard (also Charles T. Dillingham) 1885 First Edition Decorated Cloth Very Good 
Oblong, 24.5 by 17 cm, 9.75 by 7.75 inches. Unpaginated, with sixteen chromolithographic plates, two with movable doors revealing things behind, and each of the plates accompanied by two text leaves, one carrying an apercu of verse from a famous poet and the other with a beauty hint or an allusion to some aspect of a woman's toilette. The book is a beautiful production, and while it fits squarely in the nineteenth century tradition of feminine gift books, it also stands apart from the genre in its shape, its focus, its tasteful arrangement of objects in the plates and then how the plates relate to the text. Arguably this is a gift book that can be viewed as a continuation of the then moribund emblem book tradition. Light wear to cloth by spine extremities and board corners. One chromo plate with edge roughness, tiny chip and repaired small closed tear. A light quarter sized edge dampstain on a few leaves. Flap edges tend to have minor wear. 
Price: 300.00 USD
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