SHAKESPEARE, William. ~ Shakespeare’s Household Words, a selection from the wise saws of the Immortal Bard, illuminated by Sam[ue]l Stanesby. London: [Ashbee and Dangerfield for] Griffith and Farran, [n.d., c. 1860].
16mo (137 × 95 mm), pp. 32, the first blank, the remainder printed in gold and colours, including mounted oval photograph after the Stratford bust as a frontispiece. Frontispiece and endpaper loose. Original black morocco tooled in blind and lettered in gilt. Slight rubbing at extremities, but a very good copy.
A very scarce colour printed Shakespeare compendium, one of the characteristic illuminated gift books printed by Ashbee and Dangerfield in the 1860s. Ruari Maclean, in Victorian Book Design, p. 100 notes that Samuel Stanesby produced at least eleven illuminated books between 1857 and 1865.