Home and Haunts of Shakespeare: The Stratford Edition; Williams, James Leon; Scribner’s (1894); Fo.(16’x13’); Reprint; VG; Not Print on Demand; Not ex-lib; Hb- Blue buckram w/gilt stamped lettering to spine (sharp, bright), very minimal edgewear, tiny flick of white paint to spine/edge of rear board, scattered light scratches to front/back boards, heavily scraped (approx 1’) to top edge rear board; I believe this to be a rebind. Endpages- Previous owner’s bookplate affixed to front endpage, crease across top FFEP (corner appears to have been folded), 120pp- 15 tissue protected, tipped-in water-color plates, 34 black+white photogravure reproductions, 150 additional illustrations, heavy stock, top edge gilded, occasional chipping to front edges, some corner chipping, corners cut- last 3 pages, pages slightly aged.
“Of all photoengraving methods there is none which produces such rich and satisfying results as photogravure. The reason for this is to be found in the method of printing. It is an intaglio process and, therefore, the quantity of ink which is transferred to the paper can be considerable, and it shares with mezzotint among hand engraving processes the resulting richness of tones.” H. M. Cartwright (1930)
The photogravure plates bound into ‘Home and Haunts of William Shakespeare’ have been reproduced many times. These are the originals. Photogravures were far superior to alternative photomechanical processes of the time, such as the half-tone reproduction used in newspapers. Printed with ink on rag paper, using an etched copper plate, photogravure provided a continuous range of rich tones.