London, New York: William Heinemann, Doubleday, Page & Co., 1908. First Trade Edition. [i-vi] 1-134 pp. 40 color plates mounted on tan paper with captioned tissue-guards, and numerous drawings in b/w. 4to., 10" x 7-1/2" Original tan cloth with gilt-pictorial and lettering to upper board, gilt lettering to backstrip, in original tan dust jacket printed in black. Housed in a blue morocco fall-down-back box with gilt lettering and decorations, plate mounted and matted inside with caption from the text. A NF copy (some minor scattered foxing), in a VG jacket (some loss at backstrip, chips to corners). Item #44888
One of the finest of Rackham's illustrated books, heightening Shakespeare's dreamy comedy with otherworldly imagination, both delicate and grotesque. Copperplate for illustration facing p. 102 "...Are you sure That we are awake? It seems to me That yet we sleep, we dream." Riall, p. 87.