New York: Golden Press, (1962). Large quarto, original printed paper boards, color pictorial endpapers depicting the Globe Theatre, original unclipped color pictorial dust jacket, top edge stained red. Introduction by Tyrone Guthrie, color and black-and-white illustrations by the Provensens throughout text; glossary at rear. Closed tear to front jacket panel repaired with tape on verso, laminate peeling on corners of jacket panels.
First trade edition of this illustrated Golden Press edition of Shakespeare’s plays, with an introduction by English stage director Sir Tyrone Guthrie: “What I like to believe is that someone will open this book who has never really made contact with Shakespeare before; that, lured by the pictures, he will dip into the text; that having dipped, he plunge; and having plunged, become a lifelong addict.” Featured plays include Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Merchant of Venice, Henry V, Julius Caesar, As You Like It, Hamlet, King Lear, Macbeth, and The Tempest. Each play is illustrated by Alice and Martin Provensen, who collaborated on a number of midcentury Golden Books, and who would go on to win both the Newbery Medal and the Caldecott Medal in the 1980s. First issue jacket, with original advance price of $12.95 unclipped. A near-fine example.