W.Bromley, Hammersmith, London.,1799.
FIRST EDITION. Folio.(17.4 x 11.2 inches). 14pp, 9 pages of plates. An early issue of this work, with paper watermarked 1796. Stipple engraved, hand coloured title page and seven full page, hand coloured plates, each printed by R. Fenner. The plates are engraved by William Bromley after Stothards drawings. Full page engraved speech from As You Like it, titled The ages of Man, featuring one of Shakespeare's most enduring and often quoted lines - All the world's a stage, and all the men and women meerly player s-. Fine recent binding of quarter red straight grained morocco ,the spine, ruled, decorated and lettered in gilt. Marbled paper on boards. Red morocco tips to corners of boards. Some offsetting from the Illustrations onto the text pages and some staining to the margins only on 5 pages but overall a very good attractive copy of this scarce and beautiful work.:.