Edinburgh: R. G. Newbegin, 1903. First Thus. From The Works of Shakespeare (ed. W. E. Henley). Finely bound in full red crushed morocco stamped in gilt and ornately inlaid with green morocco. Top edge brightly gilt. Inner dentelles gilt and doublures inlaid with green morocco; front doublure featuring a color portrait of Portia, from The Tragedy of Julius Caesar. Brocade endpapers. Measuring 210 x 330mm and extra illustrated with handcolored drawings to the margins throughout and bound in on full sheets. Internally bright and unmarked.
Set in Athens and Rome, respectively, Timon of Athens and Julius Caesar have in common their depictions of powerful men brought down by their own hubris. Both valuing wealth and power, Timon's downfall comes from foolish generosity while Caesar's results from his growing tyranny. And while Timon's tragedy ends with his descent into poverty, isolation, and disillusionment, Caesar's concludes with his unforgettable assassination in the Forum on the Ides of March. Here, both plays are lavishly illustrated and hand-colored. (Item #4606)