William Shakespeare. Illustrated by Oliver Messel.
London. B.T. Batsford Ltd. 1936. First edition. Decorated, purple cloth-bound hardback, dust jacket. 96 pages. 32 hors-texte black-and-white plates and 8 tipped-in colour plates, reproducing Messel's original drawings. 290 x 215mm (11½ x 8½"). 1.2kg. . English. Near fine; dust jacket has slight wear and rubbing, spine is browned, light creasing to top edge, lightly nicked at head and base of spine and top forecorners, not price-clipped; a very well preserved copy.
In 1936 Oliver Messel designed the set and costumes for the film of Romeo and Juliet produced by MGM in Hollywood. The film was directed by George Cukor and starred Norma Shearer (to whom the book is dedicated) and Leslie Howard. This charming edition of the play was published as a souvenir of Messel's work on the film. Shakespeare's text is accompanied by high-quality reproductions of the original set and costume drawings created by Messel.