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The New Temple Shakespeare series, 1934–56

Contributed by Stephen Coles on Apr 23rd, 2016. Artwork published in
circa 1934
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    An update to the Temple Shakespeare, originally released by J.M. Dent & Sons in 1894, this set of 40 pocket (130×100mm) volumes was published by J. M. Dent in London and E. P. Dutton & Co. in New York. Jackets, half-title, and title pages feature engraving vignettes by Eric Gill. It is not clear if Gill also had a hand in the type on the jackets, but they do use his Perpetua.

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    Spines of binding.

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    First edition.

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    First edition.

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    1935 first edition.

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    1948 edition.

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    1935 first edition.

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    1935 first edition.

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    1948 edition.

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    1954 reprint.

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    1954 reprint.

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    • Perpetua
    • Perpetua Titling
    • Garamond

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    1 Comment on “The New Temple Shakespeare series, 1934–56”

    1. Blythwood says:
      Apr 23rd, 2016  9:16 pm

      For comparison, here’s David Gentleman’s take, thirty years later (another of the set). The illustrations are very much in the same spirit but Helvetica has taken over for the text.

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