London: Chapman & Hall, Ltd., 1908. Woodroffe, Paul. Hardcover. Quarto size, 141 pp. Very good. Item #19032210
English book illustrator and stained-glass artist Paul Woodroffe (1875-1954) provides illustrations for this lovely edition of Shakespeare's "The Tempest", with seventeen tipped-in colour pieces that beautifully depict the magic and mystery occurring throughout the play. The composer, Joseph Moorat (1864-1938), contributes musical compositions inspired by lines from the play, and these songs are interspersed throughout the book, a fascinating interplay between music, art, and poetry.
This book is charming in so many ways; the lovely gilt decorations on the front and spine, the ethereal decorated endpapers, and the seventeen colour illustrations tipped onto heavy dark green paper, three of which are double-page and so present in a somewhat unusual manner - altogether a lavish production which honours the Bard of Avon.
___DESCRIPTION: Full blue cloth, gilt decorations by Paul Woodroffe (with his initials) and lettering on the front board and spine, top edge gilt, illustrated endpapers in light green, frontispiece a colour illustration by Paul Woodroffe, tipped in, with lettered tissue guard, title page with line drawing in black by Woodroffe, seventeen colour illustrations, including frontispiece, all tipped in onto dark green paper and all with lettered tissue guards, three double-page, by Woodroffe throughout; quarto size (10.75" by 8"), pagination: [i-x]  2-129 [130-131].
___CONDITION: Volume is very good, with clean and bright illustrations, (seventeen, collated complete), a strong, square text block with solid hinges, and free of prior owner markings; the boards are clean overall with a few spots of soiling, the interior is clean and bright overall with light foxing throughout, particularly to the first and last flyleaves, the head and tail of the spine and the corners are gently bumped, a few tissue guards have shallow creases, and with some prior bookseller notations in pencil to the front endpapers which have been partially erased.
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