LUNA: Folger Bindings Image Collection
Spine, STC 22273 fo.1 no.27
First Folio no.27, late 19th century, bound by Francis Bedford
Bedford, Francis, 1799-1883.
Country / Style:
19th century (late)
STC 22273 fo.1 no.27
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616.
[Works. 1623] Mr. VVilliam Shakespeares comedies, histories, & tragedies : published according to the true originall copies.
Created / Published:
London : Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed. Blount, 1623.
312 x 197 (shoulder to fore-edge) x 51 mm, 4 mm board thickness
Bound in red willow grain calfskin.
Sewn on 6 single raised cords laced through the boards.
Front bead, double tiered headband, sewn with green, purple and gold silk over a rolled paper cores.
Gilt on all three edges.
19th century marbled paper, dahlia pattern.
Tooled to a triple panel design of single gilt line fillets. At angles between the first and second panel is a windswept tulip surrounded by eleven dots. Between the second and inner most panel at the corners is a composite ornament of anemone, pomegranates on stems and columbine flowers surrounded by small dots and circles all emanating from a circle with a quatrefoil ornament in the center and clovers around. The spine divided into seven panels, the second panel lettered with SHAKESPEARE, the third with LONDON 1623. All other panels are highly tooled with around a center circle with a crescent surrounded by four acorns and anemone, windswept tulip, columbine, pomegranate on stems. The inner turn-in squares of the boards are first gold tooled double single line fillet borders with small dots at corners. The borders are filled at corners with columbine and anemone flowers. The edges of the boards are tooled with a single line fillet.
Boxed in a "Folger Phase box" a three flap housing with ribbon / Velcro closure
West 85 (West, The Shakespeare first folio : the history of the book, New York, 2001, vol.2)