SHAKESPEARE'S ENGLAND: An Account of the Life and Manners of His Age

(Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1950).

SCARCE AND IMPORTANT FIRST EDITION, and a fascinating guide to the Elizabethan world, including essays on heraldry, costume, the home, booksellers, sports, religion, medicine and law. Sir Walter Raleigh outlined the first prospectus for this book in 1905, but was unable to complete it. Successive editors continued the task until its completion in the tercentenary year of Shakespeare’s death. Contributors include Robert Bridges, Sir Walter Raleigh, and many others.
“Elizabethan England is reflected everywhere in Shakespeare’s works; he held the mirror up to nature, but the nature that passed across it was English nature of the time of Elizabeth. He said many things that are true for all time; but if we understand the world that he moved in and the language that he spoke, we are saved from mistaking the accidents of his time for the essentials of his thought.”-Preface
“Here is a complete reconstruction of the most copious and adventurous epoch of our literary history” - Nation.
“... Almost every department of Elizabethan life is dealt with, and in no instance could a better choice of experts be expected.” - New Statesman.
“Here, indeed, is the map of the world in which Shakespeare lived. Here is a museum with his clothes and his furniture and his drinking-glasses and his school books and other ghostly relics to excite the imagination to a vision of a lost age and its lordliest child.”--The Sphere
Now very difficult to find in the first printing, but this printing is identical to it in every way. Item #31615

2 volumes. First edition, fifth impression. With 195 plates and two engraved frontispieces from contemporary sources. 8vo, publisher’s original dark blue cloth beautifully lettered and decorated in gilt on spines and upper covers, lower covers decorated in blind, in the scarce dustjackets. xxiv, 546; x, 610 pp.. An unusually handsome set of this excellent work, the text clean, fresh, and bright, the cloth looking near as new, the jackets with only the lightest of age mellowing.

Price: $175.00