Set of 24 Knickerbocker Miniature Leather Bound Shakespeare Books in Box

Set of 24 Knickerbocker Miniature Leather Bound Shakespeare Books in Box

Published by the Knickerbocker Leather & Novelty Co., in the early 1900s, a wonderful antique set of 24 miniature leather bound books in a two-compartment box all containing a variety of condensed writings by Shakespeare.  Each book measures 3-1/4 inches high, 2-1/4 inches wide, and approx. 3/8 inches thick.  The boxed set is 7-3/8 wide, 5-3/8 deep, and 2-1/2 inches high.

Titles included are: 

  1. Anony and Cleopatra
  2. As You Like It
  3. Hamlet
  4. Julius Caesar
  5. King Henry IV - Part I
  6. King Henry IV - Part II
  7. King Henry V
  8. King Henry VI - Part I
  9. King Henry VI - Part II
  10. King Henry VI - Part III
  11. King Henry VIII
  12. King Lear
  13. Macbeth
  14. Measure for Measure
  15. Merchant of Venice
  16. Merry Wives of Windsor
  17. Midsummer Nights Dream
  18. Much Ado About Nothing
  19. Othello
  20. Romeo and Juliet
  21. Taming of the Shrew
  22. The Comedy of Errors ~ Venus and Adonis
  23. The Tempest 
  24. Twelfth Night
    Some of the books have issues — spine cover fraying, binding edges curling, and there are a few internal pages that are folded over and creased, or the binding is starting to come loose.  But overall, considering the age, each of these conditions should be expected of any well-loved antique book.  

    The divided box has its own issues, with the leather-type covering starting to peel from the corners and base edges. The covering on the back is essentially gone and I speculate there once was a fold-over top that's also missing. 

    For the book lover or reader of Shakespeare classics, this set is sure to add that old antique charm! 

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