Heritage Press: Poems of William Shakespeare (unstated)
January 11, 2011 § 2 Comments
Poems of William Shakespeare (unstated, likely 1967)
Sandglass Number Unknown
Artwork: Wood Engravings by Agnes Miller Parker
Edited and introduced by Peter Alexander
Part of the Heritage Press’ British Poet Master series (my designation)
Heritage Press Reprint of LEC #398/35th Series V. 12 in 1967
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Front Binding – The boards are adorned with a repeating motif by Agnes Miller Parker that symbolizes the art of writing pretty well. Django2694 has some designer info and LEC comparisons:
OK, thanks to my LEC bibliography, I can supply the name of the designer of the A.M. Parker-illustrated Poems of Shakespeare–John Dreyfus, who would also have been responsible for the design of the Heritage edition. The LEC version was printed at the Cambridge University Press in 1967. It was in a single volume, like the Heritage volume. It was quarto-sized, with quarter red maroon cowhide binding, gold-stamped black spine label, henna cloth sides inlaid with a black leather embossed portrait of Shakespeare on the front cover.
Spine – Like the later Yates, the spine is styled in a way to make all of the British Poets look similar (and nice on a shelf next to each other!). This is also a library copy, as the unfortunate marker writing demonstrates.
Title Page – Shakespeare’s entire collection of poetry is included in this set, including Venus and Adonis, The Rape of Lucerne, all of the Sonnets, A Lover’s Complaint, The Passionate Pilgrim and The Phoenix and Turtle, plus a Glossary. Peter Alexander edited the book, as well as giving it its introduction. A very nice engraving by Parker illuminates the page. This was donated in memory of the Sam(p)sons, who also gave the Livingston library the Yates I have.
Page 45 – Parker’s illustrations adorn the poetry as headers or between the lines – there are no full page pieces in this book.
Personal Notes – Like Yates, I got this at the Anthropology Club book sale for $1, alongside a Robert Browning book in the same series. I’d like to upgrade to a complete copy, as I’m a big fan of Parker’s.