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||Blocked in gold; Blocked in blind; Blocked in black; Blocked in relief
||The Works. Edited by Howard Staunton. With portrait and illustrations by Sir John Gilbert, R. A.
Place of Publication and publisher: London: George Routledge and Sons, Broadway Ludgate Hill.; New York, 9 Lafayette Place.
||The upper cover features a design by John Gilbert. London: George Routledge and Sons, Broadway Ludgate Hill.; New York, 9 Lafayette Place, 1882. , 674p. 233x295x45mm. The frontispiece is a portrait of Shakespeare, after Gilbert. All of the illustrations are engraved by [The Brothers] Dalziel. Top edge gilt. Yellow endpapers and pastedowns. Blue pebble-grain cloth. The lower cover is blocked with two fillets in blind on the borders. The upper cover is elaborately blocked in gold in black and in relief. The borders show an dense ‘Renaissance’ decoration of fruit and flowers. At the head, two oval-shaped gold oval lettering-pieces have the initials ‘WS’ and ‘JG’ blocked in relief within each. On each side, there are two more panel shaped gold lettering-pieces. The one on the left shows a goblet, a sword, a crown – all picked out in relief. The panel on the fore edge side shows a jester’s cap, a staff and balloon, a shawm (?), and musical pipes – all picked out in relief. On each side at the tail, two more panel shaped gold lettering-pieces have the words [on the left] “ / Born/ 1564/” and on the right: “/ Died/ 1616/”. Above the central panel, the title words: “/ Sir John Gilbert’s/ Shakespeare/ “ are blocked in gold within a cartouche. Below the central panel, within a rectangular gold lettering-piece, the words: “/ With 800 illustrations/” are blocked in relief. The large central panel shows a scene form on of the plays (possibly from the Tempest, with Prospero, Miranda, and Caliban). It is signed: “J Gilbert” at the right hand corner of this panel. The Spine is blocked in gold and in relief From head to tail, elaborate ‘Renaissance’ strap panels, are surrounded by garlands of fruit/ leaf decoration – with the decoration being picked out in relief. Near the head, within an oval surrounded by laurel leaves, the head and shoulders of Shakespeare is blocked; On the centre, the shield (bearing the family arms?) is blocked; near the tail, a winged putto, holding a book is blocked within a panel. Near the head, the title words: “/ Sir John/ Gilbert’s/ Shakespeare/” are blocked in gold within a panel form by a gold fillet. At the tail, the word: “/ Routledge/” is blocked in relief. Text copyright Edmund M B King.