LAMB, Charles & Mary. Tales from Shakespeare. Edinburgh: W. P. Nimmo, Hay & Mitchell, [c.1905]
8vo., Prize binding of the Royal Drawing Society with crest and border in gilt to upper cover; five raised bands and gilt in compartments to spine; marbled edges and endpapers; pp. [viii], 344, [ii]; spine rubbed; pages a little misaligned with front hinge starting and a few light scratches to the leather; a very good copy nonetheless, internally clean with just a few light spots to text. Provenance With prize label from the Royal Drawing society to the front paste-down, awarding the book as an examination prize to Rex Whistler at Babington House, Eltham, June 1912. Bookseller's ticket of The Educational Supply Assoc., Ltd. to rear paste-down.
An interesting association copy of this edition of Charles and Mary Lamb's Tales from Shakespeare. "In those early years he did not think of growing up to be "an artist", Laurence Whistler, his elder brother writes in The Laughter and the Urn. "But Miss Smith at Babington House suggested that the boys should join the Royal Drawing Society directed by T. R. Ablett, and send in work for the spring exhibition. This Denny first did in 1911, and Rex a year later, when he received a prize, the first of an unbroken sequence won every spring for twelve years."