London: Robert Riviere & Son, 1928. First Thus. Finely bound by Riviere & Son in full polished blue calf with morocco labels and gilt Tudor roses to spine. All edges brightly gilt. Marbled endpapers. Slight sunning to spine. Small bookseller's ticket of Williams Book Shop Detroit to front free endpaper. A beautiful presentation of Shakespeare's most memorable poetry, with a colored frontis.
A master of dramatic works, this finely bound copy of Shakespeare's sonnets also demonstrates his poetic mastery as well. Shakespeare helped adapt the Italian sonnet form to the demands of English vocabulary and rhythm, so much so that his innovation is now known as the Shakespearean sonnet. From widely admired and quotable love poems to more enigmatic meditations on desire and cruelty, Shakespeare's sonnets are among the most famous poems in the English language. Fine (Item #3353)