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Lamb, Charles, & Mary Lamb. Tales from Shakspeare: Designed for the use of young persons. London: Baldwin & Cradock, 1831. 8vo (19.5 cm, 7.625"). vi, 376 pp. $75.00
This popular, child-friendly collection of Shakespeare's plays in its fifth edition. Charles (1775–1834) and Mary Lamb (1764–1847) initially introduced Shakespeare to young readers in 1807 by carefully selecting => "such words as might least interrupt the effect of the beautiful English tongue in which he wrote," but would still be comprehensible for children.
Although the Lambs continuously suffered from mental illnesses, Mary more so than her brother, they remained at the center of a major literary circle in England; their long-lasting friendships with Samuel Taylor Coleridge and the Wordsworths would prove influential for all.
The volume => includes engravings from designs by William Harvey at the beginning of each play, and a portrait of Shakespeare on the title-page.
Provenance: On front pastedown, the bookplate of John Taylor Bottomley. Most recently in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.
Darton, Children's Books in England (3rd ed.), 191. Publisher's green moiré cloth with gilt lettering to spine; edges and boards very lightly worn, with minor sunning to spine. Foxing to endpapers and title-page, gutter cracking in two places with sewing holding. Classic literature for young readers, simple and agreeable, in a => very nice copy surviving in its original, delicate publisher's binding. (37872) Please RESHELVE This.
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