Musick in Partes; | Songs & Poems from the Plays of William Shakespeare | Wood engravings by John Lawrence.
[Mission, B.C.]: Barbarian Press, 2017 [given in Roman numerals]. Octavo, 18.8 x 13.8 cm. Cased in quarter plum cloth with matching cloth tips, and cream paper covered boards; the covering paper is decorated on the upper cover with floral and foliate devices printed in purple, orange, blue, and green; printed paper label to the spine. Top and bottom edges trimmed, fore-edges untrimmed. Unpaginated [pp. 84, plus tipped-in frontispiece and tipped-in erratum slip]. A fine copy. As the title suggests, the text comprises songs and poems from Shakespeare’s corpus; it is arranged chronologically, and is supplemented by notes and a glossary of arcane words “possibly unfamiliar to the modern reader.” It was set in Poliphilus and Blado types, with Duensing Titling used for display, and printed on Zerkall Smooth White paper. The text is ornamented throughout with fleurons, along with foliate Monotype Ornamental Initials (No. 448), which were used for dropped capitals. From an edition of 116 copies, the present copy being one of 50 copies comprising the regular state. Item #235