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[illus. THOMSON, Hugh] SHERIDAN, Richard Brinsley

The School For Scandal

London, New York, Toronto: Hodder & Stoughton, N.d. [1911]

4to, pp. 196. Original boards encased in vellum, gilt tooled front panel and spine, title to front panel encased in red laurel device. Yellow silk ties to front and rear panels. Top edge gilt, leading and lower edge uncut. Lacking the slipcase.

De Luxe edition, one of 350 copies SIGNED BY THE ILLUSTRATOR. Sheridan's ageless play which introduced us to the walking linguistic nightmare, Mrs. Malaprop, here presented in a beautifully illustrated and handsomely bound edition.

Irish painter and illustrator Hugh Thomson had the misfortune to be the exact contemporary of Arthur Rackham, and has been unjustly overlooked as a result. His work on the 'Peacock edition' of Jane Austen's Pride And Prejudice (1894) resulted in the most beautiful edition of that work in existence, and he also added lustre to reissues of works by Dickens, Thackeray and J.M. Barrie.

A glorious play, encased in a work of art.


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