by MAPLESON, T. Gwilt
(COLOR PRINTING) MAPLESON, T. Gwilt. THE SONGS & BALLADS OF SHAKESPEARE. New York: Lockwood, 1849. 4to. Publisher's gilt decorated cloth, all edges gilt. (23) leaves with 17 chromolithographic decorations. First edition. An excellent example of early American chromolithography. T. Gwilt Mapleson (1814-1852) was America's first and arguably best chromolithographic artist. This book is by far Mapleson's rarest. This quarto volume contains nineteen selections from Shakespeare, some handsomely printed in Gothic type and others rendered in colorful calligraphy with stunning borders and decorations. Bennett, in his checklist of American color plate books, does not include it. Endpapers renewed, plates fresh and bright, all with tissue guards, wear to tips, still a most attractive copy. Sinclair of Philadelphia did the actual printing.
(Inventory #: 40569)