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Shakespeare and Precious Stones Treating of the Known References of Precious Stones in Shakespeare's Works   By:

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SHAKESPEARE AND PRECIOUS STONES

by

GEORGE FREDERICK KUNZ, Ph.D., A.M., D.Sc.

THE CURIOUS LORE OF PRECIOUS STONES

Being a description of their sentiments and folklore, superstitions, symbolism, mysticism, use in protection, prevention, religion and divination, crystal gazing, birth stones, lucky stones and talismans, astral, zodiacal, and planetary.

THE MAGIC OF JEWELS AND CHARMS

Magic jewels and electric gems; meteorites or celestial stones; stones of healing; fabulous stones, concretions and fossils; snake stones and bezoars; charms of ancient and modern times; facts and fancies about precious stones.

EACH: Profusely illustrated in color, doubletone and line. Octavo. Handsome cloth binding, gilt top, in a box. $6.00 net. Carriage charges extra.

SHAKESPEARE AND PRECIOUS STONES

Treating of the known references to precious stones in Shakespeare's works, with comments as to the origin of his material, the knowledge of the poet concerning precious stones and references as to where the precious stones of his time came from.

Four illustrations. Square Octavo. Decorated cloth. $1.25 net.

MR. WILLIAM SHAKESPEARES COMEDIES, HISTORIES, & TRAGEDIES

Published according to the True Originall Copies

[Illustration: WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

Engraved by Martin Droeshout for the First Folio of 1623, wherein the plays were first assembled. Reproduced from a copy of this Folio owned by the New York Public Library. The original measures 7 1/2 x 13 in., or 20 x 33 cm.]

LONDON

Printed by Isaac Laggard, and Ed. Blount. 1623.

SHAKESPEARE AND PRECIOUS STONES

Treating of The Known References of Precious Stones in Shakespeare's Works, with Comments as to the Origin of His Material, the Knowledge of the Poet Concerning Precious Stones , and References as to Where the Precious Stones of His Time Came from

The Author

GEORGE FREDERICK KUNZ PH.D., Sc.D., A.M.

Honorary President of the Shakespeare Garden Committee of New York City; Vice President of the Permanent Shakespeare Birthday Committee of the City of New York; Member of the Executive Committee of the New York City Tercentenary Celebration; Member of the Mayor's Shakespeare Celebration Committee of New York.

With Illustrations

Philadelphia & London Imprinted By J.B. Lippincott Company At the Washington Square Press Upon the Tercentenary of Shakespeare

1916

TO RUBY, MY DAUGHTER, WHOSE MOTHER, SOPHIA HANDFORTH WAS BORN IN THE LAND OF

SHAKESPEARE,

AND

TO RUBY'S DAUGHTER, GRETEL, (THE PEARL), THIS VOLUME IS LOVINGLY DEDICATED

FOREWORD

As no writer has made a more beautiful and telling use of precious stones in his verse than did Shakespeare, the author believed that if these references could be gathered together for comparison and for quotation, and if this were done from authentic and early editions of the great dramatist poet's works, it would give the literary and historical student a better understanding as to what gems were used in Shakespeare's time, and in what terms he referred to them. This has been done here, and comparisons are made with the precious stones of the present time, showing what mines were known and gems were worn in Shakespeare's day, and also something of those that were not known then, but are known at this time... Continue reading book >>




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