Birds and Beasts from Shakespeare. Arthur F. Kinney.
Birds and Beasts from Shakespeare.
Birds and Beasts from Shakespeare.
Birds and Beasts from Shakespeare.
Birds and Beasts from Shakespeare.

Birds and Beasts from Shakespeare. Illustrated with woodengravings by Alan James Robinson.

Cheloniidae Press, 1990. Two vols. Folio, 10 1/2 x 16. Etched frontis, i-(v), 87 French-fold pages. Twenty-one birds and 17 animals are depicted in one or more engravings (55 engravings in all). Each page is set within a red rule border. The appropriate line from Shakespeare is also printed in red, with more quotation and commentary in black. Bound in full citron morocco, five raised bands, titled in gold on upper cover. With an extra suite of the engravings, in cloth portfolio, each numbered and signed. Both volumes in cloth tray case (tiny bump to edge) with leather spine label. Fine. Item #18443

XXXVI of 100 copies bound in full leather, signed by Robinson. (The total edition was 155, with 100 copies in full leather.) Printed by Harold McGrath in Centaur and Arrighi types, on a sheet "the exact untrimmed size of the First Folio." This was the first Cheloniidae book printed on the press's own watermarked paper. Bound by Sarah Creighton and Claudia Cohen. Professor Kinney directs the center for Renaissance Studies at UMass. His introduction discusses the importance and the prevalence of animal imagery in Shakespeare's works.

Price: $3,750.00