New York: George P. Putnam, 1850/1849. Cloth over board. [CALENDAR]. 16mo (6 1/8” x 4 3/8”); gilt-stamped navy ribbed cloth, vignette on front and rear boards of Shakespeare leaning on a monument with the motto “He Was Not For A Day But For All Time,” triple line borders; lettered spine with floral ornaments; all edges gilt; pale yellow endpapers; gift inscription dated 1850 on ffep; light bumping to bottom corner, else fine. Fine. Item #1436
Lovely little gift-book with quotes from Shakespeare’s plays, citing Act and Scene. Witty matching of quotes to historical and contemporary (1840s) national and international news. “March 1—Annexation of Texas, 1845. ‘You lay out too much pains / For purchasing but trouble.’ CYMBELINE, Act II, Scene 3.” “June 1st. Gold discovered in California, 1848. ‘A pickax and a spade, a spade / For—a shrouding sheet.’ HAMLET, Act V, Scene 1.”
As enjoyable today as when it was printed—wonderful for the Shakespeare enthusiast.