Birmingham and London: G. Napier for Birmingham Guild of Handicraft, 1895.
Superbly bound by Frank Garrett (signed in rear dentelle) in tan crushed morocco in a pleasing Arts and Craft style with ornate leaf, vine and blossom pattern featuring tudor roses, on both covers and spine, with onlaid green ringlets also appearing on dentelles. A similar binding was exhibited by the Guild of Handicraft in the A&CES exhibition in 1903, and was featured in the 1909 Yearbook of "The Studio". Some rubbing to edges, spotting to covers, and front upper corner bumped; the text block has been crimped on the upper corners for about the first half of the book, and one page has a significant brown-staining streak that has affected the following couple of pages with a much smaller spot... inlaid green dots on spine faded to brown. If you can put up with the flaws internally, a nice attractive binding on a Shakespeare, and Garrett signed bindings are not common. Scarce.
Price: $750.00 Item #3590