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Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" (Dover Fine Art, History of Art) [Illustrated] [Paperback]

William Shakespeare , Arthur Rackham
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28 Aug 2003 Dover Fine Art, History of Art
Shakespeare's romantic comedy takes on a new and vivid life with these brilliant images by one of the 20th century's leading illustrators. This faithful reprint rivals the limited and first editions of 1908. Includes the complete text of the play, along with 40 full-color and numerous black-and-white illustrations.

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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications Inc.; New edition edition (28 Aug 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486428338
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486428338
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 21 x 27.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 595,135 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Following an early false start as a clerk, Rackham went on to be one of the best known and loved book illustrators of late Victorian and early 20th Century Britain. Rackham's Victorian sensibility and consummate draughtsmanship produced illustrations of near hallucinatory scenes, which were full of danger yet never dangerous and imbued with childlike wonder.

In 1907 Rackham illustrated the dreamlike Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Caroll, and fittingly went on in 1908 to illustrate Shakespeare's: A Midsummer-Night's Dream. Widely regarded as one of Rackham's masterpieces, A Midsummer-Night's Dream features 40 coloured plates, including our fairy and bumblebee battle. Populated by Shakespeare's protagonists and other fairies and weird peoples, A Midsummer-Night's Dream proved to be an ideal vehicle for Rackham's art and is now a much sought after book.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book 3 Oct 2013
Just what is required now I can follow the text whilst listening to the CD and the illustrations set the mood for the play.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Dream 14 Sep 2005
By Antonia Bauerlein Sehnert - Published on
I'm an avid collector of all books to do with fairies. This will take its place as a favorite among all my books. The play is magical, and the mix of genius -- Shakespeare's words and Rackham's imagery -- transported me to another world. There's nothing like it!!! As a fairy photographer/artist [...] I'm passionate about this genre and have have seen many of Rackham's illustrations before. It is really great to see them here with the story. There are the color copies from the plates, but also a plethora of elegant and whimsical pen and ink fairy drawings that introduce the chapters and decorate the pages that I'd never seen. Oh for joy. The pages appear to be copied from the original book (as if duplicated by scanning the original 1908 pages, but cleaned up to look new and enlarged), and they did a great job. The quality of the color reproductions is very good, especially for a paperback in this price range. I would love to have this in a hardback -- the publishers would do well to create an even fancier edition of this hearthrob -- the same size but with a more vintage-look and feel. The soft paperback tends to splay in my hands in its large format. This is a keeper and one that I'd like to last for years. Go check out the reviews on other publications of this play by itself without the illustrations -- you will find an audience that has been spellbound.

I also found a university site with the original book binding and almost all the images in the book scanned -- these are fabulous references:


This is one of those books for which I'd enjoy having the first edition. The original had around 40 bookplates. My websearch found only a subsequent edition (with 16 plates) for $200! Nery a copy of the original 1908 version was to be found. I wonder what THAT would go for!? Please let me know if you find one for a reasonable amount, which I doubt would happen. -- Antonia
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5.0 out of 5 stars First edition at 1% of the price. 3 Jan 2007
By Felicia Filsdotter - Published on
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After I sadly lost an auction for a first edition of Midsummer Night's Dream with 1906 drawings by Arthur Rackham, I found and ordered this version -- a faithful copy. I'm delighted -- and not out so much money! :-)
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4.0 out of 5 stars The story and Rackham's images togerther. A good combination. 19 Sep 2005
By Vas N. Ekonomakou - Published on
The story along with the images! Grate. Most of the books of its king feature only the plates with a brief description and the reader has to know the story to really understand and feel the image. Colour reproduction is not the best possible though. I have seen on the web the same images looking brighter and better. All in all it is a good book to have.
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5.0 out of 5 stars MONARCH NOTES 16 Mar 2006
By Bodadshag Books - Published on
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Please keep in mind that Shakespeare's A midsummer night's dream (Monarch notes) (Monarch notes) by Eve Leoff is just as it says, Monarch Notes. A simple way to know the subject matter in a very condensed and abridged version great for those who do not have the time to read the book in its entirety. No illustrations are in it!
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