The Limited Editions Club

Rossetti
Poems
CHRISTINA ROSSETTI
Chosen by WALTER DE LA MARE

Newtown, Montgomeryshire: Gregynog Press, 1930.
No. 102 of 300 copies.

This book was displayed at the British Museum in an exhibition entitled Fifty Best Books of 1930. The engraved portrait of Christina Rossetti is by Robert Ashwin Maynard after a pencil drawing by Dante Gabriel Rossetti.

Gift of Eugene and Sadye Power.

Euripides
The Plays of Euripides, vol. 1.
EURIPIDES
GILBERT MURRAY, trans.

Newtown, Montgomeryshire: Gregynog Press, 1931.
No. 429 of 500 copies.

The two-volume edition of Euripides was the largest and most expensive book produced by the press, but a delay in publication adversely affected sales, for the economic slump brought on by the Depression caused dealers to cut back on their orders. Many copies were later donated to colleges and libraries in Wales. The 32 woodcut illustrations by Robert Ashwin Maynard and Horace Walter Bray are after Greek vase paintings.

Gift of Eugene and Sadye Power.

The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyam of Naishapur
EDWARD FITZGERALD
VALENTI ANGELO illus.

New York: The Limited Editions Club, 1935.
No. 1463 of 1500, signed by the illustrator.

Omar Khayyam was a Persian mathematician and poet who lived in the late eleventh century. When Fitzgerald published his free translation anonymously in 1859 in a limited edition of 200 copies he could not have foreseen the success it would ultimately have. It became the most frequently published literary work in the twentieth century and a favorite among illustrators. All hand illumination in this volume was done by Valenti Angelo.

Ulysses
JAMES JOYCE

London: John Lane The Bodley Head, 1936.
No. 640 of 900 copies.

First published in Paris in 1922 in a limited edition of 1,000 copies. The London edition of later that year had 2,000 copies, 500 of which were confiscated and burned by the New York Post Office authorities. The first legal edition in America was not published until 1934, by Random House. The design of the bow on the cover of the 1936 Bodley Head edition is by Eric Gill.

Gift of Jane and Raphael Bernstein.

The Life of Benvenuto Cellini Written by Himself
JOHN ADDINGTON SYMONDS, trans. and ed.
FRITZ KREDEL, illus.

New York: The Limited Editions Club, 1937.
No. 1120 of 1550 copies, signed by the artist.

Cellini (1500-71) composed his autobiography from 1558 to 1566. It was the first work of its kind in Italian literature. First published in England in 1771, it appealed to the Romantics, who saw in Cellini a solitary, strong-willed individual with a passion for art. This copy was printed by Hans Mardersteig at the Officina Bodoni in Verona, Italy.

The Life of Benvenuto Cellini Written by Himself
JOHN ADDINGTON SYMONDS, trans. and ed.
FRITZ KREDEL, illus.

New York: The Heritage Press, 1949.

The trade edition of the previous book, from the same plates but reduced in size.

Gift of Erling Larsen.

Promethee
Prométhée
JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE
ANDRE GIDE, trans.
HENRY MOORE, illus.

Paris: Henri Jonquières, 1950.
One of 183 copies, signed by the publisher.

Goethe began his drama about Prometheus during his Storm and Stress years in the early 1770s, but it remained unfinished. The Gide translation is accompanied by eight colored lithographs and several smaller decorations by Moore.

Gift of Jane and Raphael Bernstein.

Gloriana
Gloriana, An Opera in Three Acts
WILLIAM PLOMER
Music by BENJAMIN BRITTEN
Vocal score by IMOGEN HULST

London: Boosey & Hawkes, 1953.
No. 72 of 100 copies, signed by Britten and Plomer.

Written and composed in honor of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1952, a dress rehearsal of sorts for the present 'coronation' at Carleton.

Death of Hektor
BRIAN COFFEY
STANLEY WILLIAM HAYTER, illus.

Guildford, Surrey: Circle Press Publications, 1979.
No. 137 of 300 copies, signed by the author and the artist.

This work includes nine prints produced on copperplates with a mixture of engraving and etching techniques.

Gift of the Martin S. Ackerman Foundation.

Simplicissimus
The Adventures of Simplicissimus
JOHANN JAKOB CHRISTOFFEL VON GRIMMELSHAUSEN
JOHN P. SPIELMAN, trans.
FRITZ EICHENBERG, illus.

New York: The Limited Editions Club, 1981.
No. 1587 of 2000 copies, signed by the artist.

Grimmelshausen's picaresque novel set during the Thirty Years' War in Germany appears here for the first time in English in its entirety. Eichenberg's frontispiece is based on the enigmatic frontispiece of the first edition (1669).

Gift of Jane and Raphael Bernstein.

A Streetcar Named Desire
A Streetcar Named Desire
TENNESSEE WILLIAMS
AL HIRSCHFELD, illus.

New York: The Limited Editions Club, 1982.
No. 1587 of 2000 copies, signed by the artist.

The book contains an introduction by Williams and a foreword by Jessica Tandy, who first played Blanche DuBois.

Gift of Jane and Raphael Bernstein.


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