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An embroidered Sweet Bag, late sixteenth-century Featured Print

An embroidered Sweet Bag, late sixteenth-century

SBT 1992-86. A late sixteenth-century sweet bag; dark pink silk satin ground, embroidered with yellow and pink silk flowers and green/yellow foliage in silk and metal threads, the border and background are also embellished with silver spangles; lined with gold/pink silk; seven-colour plaited drawstring and cord; the drawstring has acorn terminals worked in metal threads; the bottom of the bag has three tassels attached to loops covered with metal thread; the two corners of the bag have intertwined bullion thread motifs.
Face 1 - detail view.
Dimensions: Bag - 110mm (H) x 250mm (max W) 125mm (opening)
Cord - 325mm

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Shakespeare First Folio facsimile engraving by John Swaine Featured Print

Shakespeare First Folio facsimile engraving by John Swaine

SR OS 37 (8300002X). Shakespeare First Folio, 1623. Mr. VVilliam Shakespeares comedies, histories, & tragedies. Published according to the true originall copies. Editors' dedication signed: Iohn Heminge. Henry Condell. Printed at the charges of W. Iaggard, Ed. Blount, I. Smithweeke, and W. Aspley. 1623.
The Binding is 1/2 calf with marbled paper boards, probably bound for Robert Bell Wheler before c.1850. This First Folio was acquired by Robert Bell Wheler (1785-1857) c.1820; it was bequeathed to his sister Miss Anne Wheler, who donated it to the Shakespeare Museum in 1862.
This fragmentary copy is recorded in the Lee Census 143, Class IIIB; West No. 38; Introductory pages are missing. Lacks 65 leaves incl. preliminaries, Tempest, Othello, parts of Two Gentlemen of Verona, Lear, Antony and Cleopatra, Cymbeline; 12 shorter leaves introduced from other copies(?); facsimile portrait engraved by John Swaine; several leaves misbound; minor tears repaired; some MS. ink marginal notes.
Frontispiece, facsimile portrait engraved by John Swaine.

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King Lear on the Heath by John Masey Wright, 19th Century Featured Print

King Lear on the Heath by John Masey Wright, 19th Century

SBT 2015-11. Sketches by John Masey Wright O.W.S., C19th
SBT 2015-11/2. King Lear on the Heath. Pencil and Wash drawing by John Masey Wright (1777-1866) O.W.S. From an album of J.M. Wright drawings. Depicting King Lear on the Heath with the Fool, Kent and Edgar disguised as ‘Poor Tom'. Mounted and unglazed. (Mount: 300 x 312mm. Sketch 127mm x 156mm)

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