The Merchant of Venice
The Merchant of Venice

SHAKESPEARE, William (author). Sir James D. LINTON. (illustrator). The Merchant of Venice.

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SHAKESPEARE, William (author). Sir James D. LINTON. (illustrator). The Merchant of Venice. London, Hodder & Stoughton. [1909].

4to. Original dark green cloth elaborately blocked in gilt to upper cover, top edges plain, lettered in gilt to spine; pp. [xxxiv] + [iv], 5-143; with 36 fine coloured plates mounted on Japanese vellum behind captioned guards; a clean and attractive copy with one small pale splash mark (15mm) to upper board, a touch shaken but internally sound and uncracked at hinges, or elsewhere, with light foxing and browning to edges of book block and minor bruising to top forecorner of the same, but not to boards; with a neat presentation inscription, dated 1915, to front free endpaper.
First edition, later issue, illustrated thus. Sir James Linton (1812–1897), wood-engraver, polemicist, and poet, was the engraver to whom Walter Crane was apprenticed between 1859 and 1862.

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