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Monday, May 18, 2009

Blue Monday – Shakespeare in Blue and White

Blue Monday is sponsored by our gracious Sally at Smiling Sally.

My post today focusses on a set of small hardcover volumes of Shakespeare plays and poetry. They are presented in a 4.5" high x 3.5’ wide bookcase. The blue and white paper-covered bookshelf holds five little volumes upright and one tucked underneath.
The five plays are in the bookshelf while the Poems are slipcased underneath
The slipcase and the 3.25" tall books are all decorated with the same motif of a woman holding a horn of plenty and accompanied by a cherub.

This view shows that the titles are on the front covers and on the spine, and that the edges are gilt.
The plays include two comedies, A Midsummer-Night’s Dream, and The Taming of the Shrew, and three tragedies, Hamlet, Macbeth and Romeo and Juliet.
The title pages indicate that these are "Midget" Classics published by Burgess & Bowes, Ltd, London, England. Each book has a Glossary, and all except Hamlet also include a selection of Sonnets. These little volumes are lovely gift volumes and provide a convenient way to carry the text of the plays for reading at one's leisure.
Thank you for coming by today, and do leave a comment. Enjoy more Blue Monday posts at Sally’s blog, Smiling Sally.


Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer said...

what a treasure...and my favorite...blue and white! Happy Blue Monday ~ Susan

Barb said...

Hi Carrie, Oh, they look wonderful!!

Happy Blue Monday.


Unknown said...

What a beautiful set of books. I smiled when I saw Shakespeare. My daughter, who now is in college, started reading Shakespeare in second grade. Frightening! Have a Beautiful Blue Monday! Stop by my site for Blue Monday. If you see what you like, be sure to subscribe to my blog so that you can visit often. Just click "follow" on the right column.

Patricia @ ButterYum said...

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SmilingSally said...

What a treasure! I loved to teach Shakespeare. Happy Blue Monday!

Fifi Flowers said...

What a pretty set of books!

Terry said...

Happy Blue Monday to you.
WOW those are beautiful .My favorite color combination and Shakespeare !
I really enjoy Shakespeare and have never seen these before they are simply amazing.
You have a wonderful treasure.
Thank you for sharing .
Have a great week filled with many blessings.

KayC. said...

~Happy Blue Monday~
Love your books

Mary Bergfeld said...

What a wonderful collection. That's some of the best blue and white I've seen today. Have a great day.

Becky K. said...

Book sets make me happy~!

Great blue and white!

Happy Monday to you.

Unknown said...

Oh, what wonderful blue books.

Lisa said...

How cool to find those in Blue and White!
Happy Blue Monday!

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PAT said...

Carrie, these are beautiful!!

Joyce said...

They are so cute!

Christina said...

Those are some beautiful books! Good reads and wonderful decoration too.

Myrna said...

Wow! I haven't seen more beautiful books along in a beautiful display box!
Thanks for visiting me, Carrie, and your sweet comments about my closet ;-) Hope you have a lovely day!

joyh82 said...

great collection. Love the covers!