Shakespeare Illustrations Ancient Manners British Culture 1839 Clowns rare bookBrian DiMambro- Antiquarian Books, Maps & Prints
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Illustrations of Shakespeare, and of Ancient Manners; with Dissertations on the Clowns and Fools of Shakespeare; on the Collection of Popular Tales Entitled Gesta Romanrum, and on the English Morris Dance, by Francis Douce. A New Edition.
Published 1839, London for Thomas Tegg.
631 pages. Text in English. Wood engraved frontispiece, plus five full page plates separately printed on heavier paper, in text wood engravings throughout by Jackson. Detailed glossary at rear.
Scarce and nice early 19th century book. The section on clowns contains four full page plates, Morris Dance has another.
Period 1/2 leather binding, raised bands, gilt ruled compartments, gilt tile lettering, marbled covers & end papers.
Book is about 180 years old and shows signs of handling and time. Rear cover detached. Book is not new or in "new" condition.
Binding age worn, rear cover detached from book and loose, leather rubbed and scuffed but still supple, front joint abraded and cracked (front cover still firmly attached), remains overall attractive as an object.
Text block paper is uniformly toned, tiny old worm hole in bottom blank margin near front, internally still well preserved, tight, sound.
A very interesting text detailing in an erudite and readable manner the background references and meanings of many of the curious specific lines Shakespeare wrote whose meanings are not apparent upon hearing them. Also with a section devoted to clowns as used by Shakespeare.
Still attractive on the shelf. Book displays a pleasing and unique age patina, any age flaws easy to overlook or forgive.
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Book Measures c. 9" H x 6" W.