Published by Frederick Warne and Co., no date. Presented as a prize for the Misummer Examinations, 1897 at the City of Oxford High School. "Albion" Edition, edited by the editor of the "Chandos" Classics.
Includes an engraving of William Shakespeare on the page before the title page, with his signature, and protected with tissue. Marbled end papers and attractively bound in royal blue leather with the gilt stamp of the City of Oxford High School, embellished spine with 5 raised bands, marbled page edges. Together with striking details, such as the imprint of an intricate embossed pattern on the leather edges around the end papers . Includes a preface written by the editor of and a useful glossary of Shakespearean terminology.
This beautiful edition of a memoir of Shakespeare, Shakespeare's Will and a selection of Shakespeare's comedies, histories, tragedies and sonnets, prepared from the texts of the first folio and the quartos, compared with recent commentators.
Overall in Fair to Good condition.
There is wear to the binding with the colour and gilt worn away in places such as the spine, corners and top of the book. There are some scratches to the rear of the back board which has scraped away some of the colour near the top left-hand corner. The brown leather, on which the spine title is written, is partially missing, although all letters are still visible.
There is a bookplate on the very first end-paper proscribing the nature of the book as a prize, it includes the date of the midsummer examinations in which it was awarded, which class it was awarded to, the recipient of the award, and the Head Master awarding it. The pages are all in superb condition, no wear is visible on any, the binding is tight although the glue is weakening at the very back of the bool, and the binding is visible.