SPL Hand Coloured Rare Book Collection Featuring Norman R Bobins

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The Heroines of Shakespeare comprising the principal female characters in the plays of the great poet.

These beautiful engravings were done by various artists under the direction of Charles Heath (1785-1848) who was the principal engraver for the works of Sir Walter Scott and once he finished Rob Roy, he and his sons worked to produce these remarkable images.

The London printing and publishing company,Limited: London and New York
The London printing and publishing company,Limited: London and New York

4to in red half morocco with rule in gilt to boards. The spine comprises six decorative gilt compartments with gilt-raised bands, titled in the second compartment. Boards and spine showing signs of minor wear. Prelims are slightly foxed; otherwise, the contents are good. Coloured endpapers. All edges gilt. Engraved in the highest style of art, from drawings by eminent artists. Beautiful (later) hand colouring to plates. Signature on front free end paper "M.D. Feilden 1864". Booksellers label on the inside cover "Minshull & Hughes, Eastgate Row, Chester." Coloured plates in order: 1. Isabella. (Measure for Measure) 2. Mariana. (Measure for Measure) 3. Maria. (Twelfth Night) 4. Olivia (Twelfth Night) 5. Viola. (Twelfth Night) 6. Celia. (As You Like It) 7. Rosalind. (As You Like It) 8. Audrey. (As You Like It) 9. Perdita. (Winter's Tale) 10. Mopsa. (Winter's Tale) 11. Helena. (All's Well that Ends Well) 12. Anne Page. (Merry Wives of Windsor) 13. Mrs. Ford. (Merry Wives of Windsor) 14. Mrs. Page. (Merry Wives of Windsor) 15. Titania. (Midsummer Night's Dream) 16. Bianca. (Taming of the Shrew) 17. Katherine. (Taming of the Shrew) 18. Portia. (Merchant of Venice) 19. Jessica. (Merchant of Venice) 20. Princess of France. (Love's Labour Lost) 21. Miranda. (Tempest) 22. Beatrice. (Much Ado About Nothing) 23. Margaret. (Much Ado About Nothing) 24. Hero. (Much Ado About Nothing) 25. Julia. (Two Gentlemen of Verona) 26. Silvia. (Two Gentlemen of Verona) 27. Cordelia. (King Lear) 28. Desdemona. (Othello) 29. Lady Macbeth (Macbeth) 30. Ophelia. (Hamlet) 31. Juliet. (Romeo and Juliet) 32. Helen. (Troilus and Cressida) 33. Cressida. (Troilus and Cressida) 34. Imogen. (Cymbeline) 35. Virgilia. (Coriolanus) 36. Portia, Wife of Brutus. (Julius Caesar) 37. Cleopatra. (Antony and Cleopatra) 38. Constance. (King John) 39. Lady Percy. (King Henry IV) 40. Princess Katherine of France. ((King Henry V) 41. Margaret. (King Henry VI) 42. Joan of Arc. (King Henry VI) 43. Lady Grey. (King Henry VI) 44. Queen Margaret. (King Henry VI) 45. Lady Anne. (King Richard III) 46. Anne Bullen. (King Henry VIII) 47. Queen Katherine. (King Henry VIII) 48. Lavinia. (Titus Andronicus)