A Midsummer Night’s Dream, by William Shakespeare, Illustrations by Arthur Rackham, Limited Editions Club (1939)

A Midsummer Night’s Dream is one of William Shakespeare‘s most famous and beloved plays. It was written sometime around 1596. The play has a number of interweaving plots that all that take place around the wedding of Theseus and Hippolyta. There is much comedy, with love as its centerpiece, set within a dreamlike world full of fairies. Benedetto Croce says of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Ariosto, Shakespeare and Corneille: Here is … Continue reading A Midsummer Night’s Dream, by William Shakespeare, Illustrations by Arthur Rackham, Limited Editions Club (1939)

The Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies of William Shakespeare, Limited Editions Club (1939/1940)

William Shakespeare. The mere name puts students around the world into a state of fear and grief, sends conspiracy theorists into excited revelry and draws nervous shame from the masses who have never experienced Shakespeare. Yet, for lovers of literature, especially those who have read and re-read Shakespeare after reaching a mature age, hearing his name excites one’s soul while stimulating intellect, recalling scene after … Continue reading The Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies of William Shakespeare, Limited Editions Club (1939/1940)

A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Easton Press Deluxe Limited Edition

One of my favorite of Easton Press’s Deluxe Limited Editions (DLE’s)  is their facsimile of William Heath Robinson’s 1914 illustrated edition of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  Though only limited to 250 copies, for whatever reason this is one that has not sold out, despite being available for well over a year. It includes 12 full-color plates by William Heath Robinson, each hand-mounted on gold … Continue reading A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Easton Press Deluxe Limited Edition