LAMB, Charles and Mary. Tales From Shakespeare Designed for the Use of Young Persons. (2 VOLUMES - 1807 - FIRST EDITION FIRST ISSUE)
AUTHOR: LAMB, Charles and Mary.
TITLE: Tales From Shakespeare Designed for the Use of Young Persons.
PUBLISHER: London: Thomas Hodgkins, At The Juvenile Library, 1807.
DESCRIPTION: FIRST EDITION FIRST ISSUE. 2 vols., 7" x 4-5/8", with imprint "T. Davison" to the foot of vol.1, p.236, and the address "Hanway Street" in the vol.2 advertisements, engraved frontispieces and 18 plates after William Mulready, 3pp. advertisements. Bound in fine full blue morocco, ribbed gilt decorated spines, covers triple ruled in gilt, gilt dentelles, top edges gilt, other uncut as issued, attractive later blue crushed morocco, gilt, internally clean and bright, by Riviere and Son, IN BEAUTIFUL CONDITION. Housed in a matching full blue morocco solinder slipcase, also by Riviere.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: According to the Cambridge History of English Literature, "the first book which, appealing to a general audience and to a rising generation, made Shakespeare a familiar and popular author."