Shakespeare Songs and Sonnets, 1926 - Levenger
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Shakespeare Songs and Sonnets, 1926

ITEM: RB1615
$79.00
Shakespeare, sumptuously: a rare Folger gem

Why did Sangorski pick Shakespeare’s songs and sonnets to illuminate? And how did Henry Folger acquire more Shakespeare than in all of England? Dan De Simone’s essay tells why and how. Click here

Come hither, come hither, come hither, beckons the Bard. Here is the gift for every mother, lover, spouse and best friend, every Shakespeare buff and scholar, and anyone who loves beautiful objects. In Shakespeare Songs and Sonnets, 1926, Levenger Press presents a facsimile of a little-known gem that the venerable Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., invited us to publish. A work of art by Alberto Sangorski (1862–1932), who not only illustrated but also illuminated the pages, here is Shakespeare as you’ve never seen him before---sumptuous, lavish, brilliant with color. Our sapphire-blue linen cover pays homage to the cover of the one-and-only original, which featured real sapphires. (We told you it was a gem.) Tell me where is fancy bred, sings the song in “The Merchant of Venice.” Ah, ’tis bred in this lovely collector-edition book.
  • Facsimile edition of Alberto Sangorski’s 1926 illustrated and illuminated original, which features a selection of Shakespeare’s songs and sonnets as well as Sir Sidney Lee’s essay of the time in praise of the Bard (also illustrated)
  • Bookending the facsimile pages are contemporary essays by two leading scholars, Daniel De Simone and Barbara A. Mowat of the Folger Shakespeare Library
  • The facsimile is from the single copy that Sangorski produced and that is part of the collection of the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., which houses the largest collection of Shakespeariana in the world
  • Linen and gold foil cover, Smythe-sewn binding, top-quality archival paper; printed in America
  • Not in the bookstores---only from Levenger
  • 8 ½ W x 11H, 104 full-color pages

Read Steve’s blog on how America came to be the go-to place for Shakespeare (with apologies to our English cousins)