THE TRAGEDIE OF JULIUS CAESAR.

(Hammersmith: Doves Press, 1913). 237 x 183 mm. (9 3/8 x 6 1/2"). 3 p.l., 7-111, [1] (colophon) pp., [2] leaves (errata). ONE OF 200 COPIES on paper (and 12 on vellum).

Excellent very dark blue crushed morocco, gilt, by Sangorski & Sutcliffe (stamp-signed on front turn-in), covers with double gilt fillet border, central panel simply framed with four gilt fillets, four circlets at the intersection of the lines, raised bands, spine compartments ruled in gilt, two with gilt lettering, gilt-ruled turn-ins, top edge gilt, other edges untrimmed. Printed in red and black. Front pastedown with morocco ex-libris of Austin Smith and engraved bookplate of Mary Priscilla Smith. Tidcombe DP-32; Tomkinson, p. 57. Binding with a little faint white residue from leather preservative, free endpapers with minor offsetting from turn-ins, but A VERY FINE COPY, clean, fresh, and bright internally, in an unworn binding.

The dramatization of the assassination of the Roman emperor Julius Caesar and the defeat of the conspirators Brutus and Cassius at the Battle of Philippi, "Julius Caesar" is one of four plays by Shakespeare that were printed at Doves Press (the others are "Coriolanus," "Anthony and Cleopatra," and "Hamlet"). For the Doves edition, the text of the First Folio of 1623 was followed with 44 minor emendations, which are set out on slightly more than three pages following the end of the play. The Doves Press was founded in 1900 by Thomas James Cobden-Sanderson and Emery Walker) to produce their ideal of the "Book Beautiful." Over the next 16 years, they produced 51 titles in which they demonstrated that printing with plain type (designed by Walker) that is well set and with good margins could produce notable work. As Cave says, the Doves Press books, "completely without ornament or illustration, . . . depended for their beauty almost entirely on the clarity of the type, the excellence of the layout, and the perfection of the presswork." After the partnership ended acrimoniously, Cobden-Sanderson threw the Walker's beautiful type into the Thames, so it could never be used by anyone else. The influence of Cobden-Sanderson's Doves Bindery is evident in the simple but elegant design executed by Douglas Cockerell's former pupils Francis Sangorski and George Sutcliffe; the binding is entirely appropriate and in beautiful condition.
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(ST17046b) THE TRAGEDIE OF JULIUS CAESAR. DOVES PRESS, WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE.
THE TRAGEDIE OF JULIUS CAESAR.
THE TRAGEDIE OF JULIUS CAESAR.
THE TRAGEDIE OF JULIUS CAESAR.