1908 Rare Book bound by Bayntun - THE TEMPEST by Shakespeare illustrated by Edmund DULAC. 1stED.
Author: SHAKESPEARE, William. Illustrated by Edmund DULAC.
Title: Shakespeare's Comedy of The Tempest with Illustrations by Edmund Dulac.
Language: Text in English.
Publisher: London, Hodder & Stoughton, 1908. FIRST DULAC ILLUSTRATED EDITION.
Size : 10 " X 7.5 ".
Pages: xxiv-143 pages.
Binding: Attractive and near fine binding, finely bound by Bayntun-Riviere in green morocco leather, titles in gilt on spine, raised bands, compartments ruled in double gilt fillets, double-ruled frames to boards and turn-ins, beautiful pattern marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. Under a protective removable mylar cover.
Content: Very good, near fine content (bright, tight, and clean - as shown).
Illustrations: Complete with the 40 wonderful color plates and captioned tissue guards by Edmund Dulac.
Estimate: (USD 1500- USD 1800)
The book: An exquisite first edition wonderfully illustrated by Edmund Dulac and neautifully bound by Bayntun-Riviere of Shakespeare's TEMPEST. A NEAR FINE Copy.
The TEMPEST: The Tempest is a play by English playwright William Shakespeare, probably written in 1610–1611, and thought to be one of the last plays that Shakespeare wrote alone. After the first scene, which takes place on a ship at sea during a tempest, the rest of the story is set on a remote island, where the sorcerer Prospero, a complex and contradictory character, lives with his daughter Miranda, and his two servants—Caliban, a savage monster figure, and Ariel, an airy spirit. The play contains music and songs that evoke the spirit of enchantment on the island. It explores many themes, including magic, betrayal, revenge, and family. In Act IV, a wedding masque serves as a play-within-the play, and contributes spectacle, allegory, and elevated language.
The illustrator: Edmund Dulac (born Edmond Dulac; 22 October 1882 – 25 May 1953) was a French British naturalised magazine illustrator, book illustrator and stamp designer. Born in Toulouse he studied law but later turned to the study of art at the École des Beaux-Arts. He moved to London early in the 20th century and in 1905 received his first commission to illustrate the novels of the Brontë Sisters. During World War I, Dulac produced relief books and when after the war the deluxe children's book market shrank he turned to magazine illustrations among other ventures. He designed banknotes during World War II and postage stamps, most notably those that heralded the beginning of Queen Elizabeth II's reign.
The binder: George Bayntun was born in 1873 in Bath, England. After an apprenticeship, he began his own bookbinding business in Bath in 1894, binding books by hand with great craftsmanship. Although many binders were using machines in their process, Bayntun refused to use modern techniques.
In 1920, George Baynton purchased the business of George Gregory, Bookseller. The shop was frequently visited by Queen Mary throughout his final years.
In 1939, the George Bayntun firm acquired the Rivière Bindery, and Bayntun passed away the following year. The firm has continued throughout the years under different managers through the family line and was granted the appointment of Bookseller to Her Majesty in 1950. The Bayntun-Rivière Bindery firm has been in residence on Manvers Street in Bath since 1939. Their books are still bound by hand, and the firm is world-famous for its fine bindings, restoration, and conservation work.
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