Romeo and Juliet: a 1936 edition with designs by Oliver Messel

In 1936,  B.T. Batsford Ltd of London published a limited edition of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet with designs by Oliver Messels. The book soon became a collector’s item,  especially valuable because it contains a beautiful series of reproductions of Oliver Messel’s original drawings of the costumes and settings for the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer production starring Norma Shearer and Leslie Howard, “The clear and finely printed pages of Shakespeare’s text are enhanced by 32 plates finely reproduced in delicate collotype direct from the artist’s original drawings, and 8 colour reproductions, which are mounted on special paper”.

I have just added a new page containing the plates from this book to my list of documents related to Romeo and Juliet. You can find it here.

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