Paris: [multiple], [1797 - 1801]. Hardcover. An interesting compilation of five dramatic or comedic plays published in the last years of the French Revolution and the establishment of the First Republic. Three of the works were published by Chez Barba, a bookshop that specialized in the theater. It was founded by Jean-Nicolas Barba, a bookseller and sometimes actor. All of the plays are complete. They were printed on various types of paper, and some have browned considerably while others are clean and bright. They were apparently printed quickly and not that carefully, with upside or incorrect page numbers. Bound in tan cloth boards that are bumped, stained and rubbed. A torn paper title label is affixed to the spine. Free front endpaper has a piece cut out, removing a signature. The front pastedown has an ownership signature dated 1846. and a small piece of paper affixed along the top of the hinge. A good minus anthology of 18th century plays. Measures 5 x 7.75 inches. Pages: 56, 64, , 28, 40, 24. FRENCHLANG/072523. Good +.
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Riverside, CA: Bo Press Miniature Books, 2020. Hardcover. This book is from a small open edition, which is signed by the artist. A delightful collection of full color collages of human, animal, and imaginary creature preformers making "exits and entrances" onto grand theatrical settings. Bound in tan cloth boards with color paper pastedown to front board. No text aside from a brief colophon stating that the book was designed in Photoshop and printed with a Canon-Pro 100 printer on Red River Premium Matte paper using Krul and Coromont Garamond typefaces. Size: 2.5 x 3 inches. Pat Sweet describes herself as creating illuminated miniature books of curiosity, humor, and delight. She creates both miniature (under 3 inches) and macro-miniature (under 1 inch) books. ARTB/091123. Fine.
New York: Johnray Publishing & Distributing Corp, 1977. Paperback. Signed by Edward Gorey on title page. Includes laid in prospectus for the program with an article about the production, two Gorey postcards from the Gotham Book Mart, and original purchase receipt indicating that it was originally sold for $2.50. A must have for any serious collector of Edward Gorey's work. Originally preformed at the Wilbur Theatre in Boston for a limited time, Dracula appeared at the end of October in New York on Broadway at the Martin Beck theatre in 1977 - just in time for Halloween! This dramatised version of Dracula starring Frank Langella featured costumes and scenery designed by Edward Gorey. True to Gorey's illustration style, the costumes were all designed in black, white, and gray with touches of red. He won a Tony award for his costume designs and was nominated for a Tony for his set designs for this play. Bound in illustrated side-stapled stiff paper wrappers with title to front cover. Light wear to edges of wrappers including sunning to rear panel, else clean and bright. Filled with photograhic illustrations of Gorey's costumes and sets along with costume sketches; biographies of the actors, Gorey, producers, designers, and director; an article on the original Dracula; Gorey's "Vision of Dracula"; a recipe for Miss Mina's Chocolate Drops (All the little children in the neighborhood will howl for more), and Twenty Questions About Dracula. [20 pages.] Size: 7.5 x 12 inches. DRA/120723. Fine.
New York: Playbill Magazine / Martin Beck Theatre, 1977. Paperback. A must have for any serious collector of Edward Gorey's work. Originally preformed at the Wilbur Theatre in Boston for a limited time, Dracula appeared at the end of October in New York on Broadway at the Martin Beck theatre in 1977 - just in time for Halloween! This dramatised version of Dracula starring Frank Langella featured costumes and scenery designed by Edward Gorey. True to Gorey's illustration style, the costumes were all designed in black, white, and gray with touches of red. He won a Tony award for his costume designs and was nominated for a Tony for his set designs for this play. The cover of this Playbill features an illustration by Gorey. It also includes a page of Gorey's costume sketches and a page of photographic stills from the play. This issue also includes color costume sketches by Geoffrey Holder for the play Timbuktu, an article on the history of Dracula in the theater beginning with the first stage appearance in 1927, Coty award winning costumes by Anne Klein and others, an article on Liza Minnelli, full color ads, many fashion ads, additional ads for New York businesses, and more. Bound in white side-stapled, illustrated paper wrappers. Minor rubbing to edges of some pages, but clean and bright overall. Unpaginated. DRA/120723. Very Good.
Baltimore: Playbill Magazine / Mechanic Theatre, 1978. Paperback. Originally preformed at the Wilbur Theatre in Boston for a limited time, it appeared at the end of October in New York on Broadway at the Martin Beck theatre in 1977. This dramatised version of Dracula starring Raul Julia (who replaced Frank Langella) featured costumes and scenery designed by Edward Gorey. True to Gorey's illustration style, the costumes were all designed in black, white, and gray with touches of red. He won a Tony award for his costume designs and was nominated for a Tony for his set designs for this play. The cover of this Playbill for the Baltimore performance features an illustration by Gorey. Unlike the New York edition of the Playbill, this Baltimore edition does not include Gorey's costume sketches or photographs from the play. Still, an uncommon and collectible item. Includes an article on John Travolta and advertisements for many Baltimore area businesses. Bound in white side-stapled illustrated paper wrappers with title to front cover. Small fold to bottom of front cover, else fine. Unpaginated. DRA/120723. Very Good.
Baltimore: Playbill Magazine / Mechanic Theatre, 1978. Paperback. Originally preformed at the Wilbur Theatre in Boston for a limited time, Dracula appeared at the end of October in New York on Broadway at the Martin Beck theatre in 1977. This dramatised version of Dracula starring Raul Julia (who replaced Frank Langella) featured costumes and scenery designed by Edward Gorey. True to Gorey's illustration style, the costumes were all designed in black, white, and gray with touches of red. He won a Tony award for his costume designs and was nominated for a Tony for his set designs for this play. The cover of this Playbill for the Baltimore performance features an illustration by Gorey. Unlike the New York edition of the Playbill, this Baltimore edition does not include Gorey's costume sketches or photographs from the play. Still, an uncommon and collectible item. Includes an article on John Travolta and advertisements for many Baltimore area businesses. Bound in white side-stapled illustrated paper wrappers with title to front cover. Includes a laid in ad for Gracious Living, a show by Samuel Tayor coming to the Mechanic in the summer of 1978. Creasing and tears to edges of this oversized ad. Unpaginated. DRA/120723. Very Good.
New York: Intima Press, 2023. Softcover. One of 26 standard copies lettered A -Z. This is copy B, signed and lettered by the book artist. There are also 10 copies with deluxe bindings. This powerful and timely new work from Mindy Belloff's Intima Press was four years in the making. It is a double-bound miniature pairing of Shakespeare's classic, The Tragedy of Othello, with The Tragedy of Desdemona, which has commentary and statistics compiled by Belloff. This approach magnifies the plight of abused women and also engages in dialogue with the text of Othello as cultural critique. The Desdemona tragedy highlights issues of patriarchy and gender bias throughout the centuries and gives voice to women who have been silenced. The book artist explores how Othello's intense jealousy and eventual murder of Desdemona parallels a modern Othello - the sports personality O.J. Simpson, who was accused of the double murders of his ex-wife Nicole Brown and her friend Ron Goldman in 1994. Both are tragic stories of jealous rage, domestic violence, male dominance, and femicide. In Desdemona, closing arguments from the legal case and diary entries of the victim are revisited, along with excerpts from Ovid, Dostoevsky and Alice Walker, current news headlines, global statistics on femicide, the 1993 case of Lorena Bobbitt, and more. The use of a dos à dos binding pairs Othello on one side with Desdemona on the other, sharing the same spine - that parallel's Iago's description of marital conjoining as "the beast with two backs," with the two texts and various voices that are conjoined in dialogue, inseparable. This layered narrative continues with a cinematic video card that functions as a time capsule, with an opening montage of images from film and theater productions of Othello, news headlines of sensational stories from the mid-1990s, women's marches from the #MeToo movement, and Supreme Court ruling reversals among other stories. The video is 8:44 minutes. Mindy Belloff is a noted book artist who designed, illustrated, printed and bound this highly inventive work, with a unique box with a magnetic side closure by Celine Lombardi. It is letterpress printed from photopolymer plates in two different shades of browns and reds, with the design of an "O" repeated on each page. The text of Othello is typeset in Adobe Luminari on Mohawk Superfine paper. Desdemona is typeset in Adobe Jenson Pro and printed on Johannot Arches papers. The binding is letterpress printed on paper covers commissioned from Saint-Armand Papeterie in Montreal with Suminagashi marbled edges. The engrossing film on the video card is 2 x 4 inches with volume and play/pause buttons with USB port. An accompanying letterpress printed accordion fold booklet lists the video credits. It is housed in one of two pull-out drawers in the custom box, with the second drawer holding a USB port. The beautiful custom box is covered in fine red cloth with a paper title label on top. A magnificent achievement in fine condition. Book measures 3 5/8 x 2 3/4 x 1 3/4 inches. The box measures 6.5 x 4 x 2.75 inches. Othello has 192 pages; Desdemona has 150 pages. ARTB/100923. Fine.
Iowa City: Emily Martin, 2017. Hardcover. Number 8 of 25 copies signed and numbered by Emily Martin. Martin earned an MFA degree in painting, from the University of Iowa in 1979 and made her first artist’s books at that time. Martin joined the faculty of the University of Iowa Center for the Book in 1998 where she teaches artists books, paper engineering, and traditional bookbinding classes. Martin makes limited edition artists books first as the Naughty Dog Press, now using her name only. She has produced over fifty artist’s books, often using movable and/or sculptural paper engineering techniques. Martin’s books are included in public and private collections throughout the world, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Meermanno Museum, The Hague, Netherlands; The Victoria and Albert Museum, London; The Museum of Contemporary Art of Chicago; the Tate Britain, London, England, the Library of Congress and others. This is an inventive and thoughtful yet playful book from Martin. From the book artist: "This book is the result of my extended study of Shakespeare’s comedies. I find the comedies individually to be enjoyable but there is a sameness to many of the plots that allows me to mix them up in my head. So much mistaken identity, gender confusion and various other contrivances while romping their way to a fifth act wedding or two. Even more problematic are the decidedly unfunny themes that are common in many of these same comedies such as hypocrisy, sexual harassment, intolerance, sexism, misogyny, and anti-Semitism. I struggled for a long time to integrate all these ideas. I finally realized that what I needed to do was to address each aspect separately, thus a dos a do book. Each side has its own focus and treatment. The characters are the same in both books. They are printed using the P22 Blox which are a set of modular shapes that can be interchanged to change the body’s posture and gestures. The P22 Blox allows the presentation of the characters as interchangeable as well. " Funny Peculiar is a drum leaf book and presents selected lines from five plays delivered by characters on a stage set. Funny Ha Ha is a slice book allowing the viewer to mix and match the costumes and gender of the characters in a variety of postures. Funny Peculiar is letterpress printed on an SP15 Vandercook proof press using hand-set type and P22 Blox combined with rubbings, ink washes, and collagraphs to make the images. Printed on Domestic Etch paper with gray Pescia end sheets. Funny Ha Ha is printed letterpress on an SP15 Vandercook proof press using hand-set type combined with relief printing using P22 Blox, collagraphs, and polymer plates from Boxcar Press to make the images. Printed on white Pescia paper with gray Pescia end sheets. Bound in a modified dos a do binding to hold the sewn text block slice book on one side and the drum leaf text block on the other side. The hard covers are covered with Arrestox book cloth and three vivid colored cotton papers color-matched and custom made by Katie MacGregor. Funded in part by a grant from the College Book Art Association. Housed in a clamshell box covered in Japanese linen cloth. The box has light bumping to corners and tiny loss of fabric along top edge. In near fine condition. Measures 12 x 10 x 1 inches. Box is 13 x 11 inches. ARTISTB/110823. Near Fine.
Napoli [Naples]: Felice Mosca, 1725. Di nuova correttamente stampata con un brieve Argomento; aggiuntovi nella fine L'Amor Fuggitivo Dello stesso Autore. Aminta is a play written by Torquato Tasso in 1573, represented during a garden party at the court of Ferrara. Both the actors and the public were noble persons living at the Court, who could understand subtle allusions the poet made to that style of life, in contrast with the life of shepherds, represented in an idyllic way. The story is about Aminta's love for the beautiful nymph Silvia, who does not return his attentions and prefers hunting. She risks rape at the hands of a Satyr but Aminta saves her; however, again she flees from him. Aminta, finding her blood-stained veil, attempts to kill himself. Now Silvia is remorseful, comes back to cry over Aminta's body who is still alive, and the two can happily marry, following the advice that older and wiser friends had been giving them. [Wikipedia]. Bound in full vellum with what appears to be a library accession sticker to spine. Text block is almost detached from binding but still holding. The vellum is quite soiled, bumped, and rubbed. Pastedowns are torn as is front free endpaper. Browning and spotting throughout. With four unattributed wood engravings. Despite just good condition this is an interesting edition of this classic work by Tasso. Measures 4.5 x 3.75 inches 96 pages. ITALLANG/111623. Good.
Andoversford, England: The Whittington Press, 1983. There were 345 copies printed, 90 of which were not for sale. This is one of 65 copies printed for Edward Craig (1905 - 1998), the son of Edward Gordon Craig, and is signed by him. Edward Craig, known as Teddy, also inscribed the book on the free front endpaper, "For Jake [last name unclear] with love. Teddy." Edward Gordon Craig (1872 - 1966) was a noted English modernist theatre practitioner; he worked as an actor, director and scenic designer, as well as developing an influential body of theoretical writings. Craig was the illegitimate son of famed actress Ellen Terry and architect Edward Godwin. In 1948 when he was 76, he moved to the South of France, where he spent the rest of his life. In 1958 his daughter Ellen (1904 - 1975), known as Nelly, went to take care of him. She wrote several letters to her brother Edward in England. The selection of letters in this volume give a clear, moving, and at times funny account of Craig's last years, and how towards the end he battled with old age. The book ends with an "appendix" that Nelly wrote after her father's death, when she herself was bedridden. It is an alphabetical list with comments of people, places, events, and objects that played an important part in Craig's life. Bound in Whittington blue and cream paper with brownish-gray cloth spine. Paper title label on spine. Printed on Zerkall Silurian paper in Monotype Caslon type. With a frontispiece reproduction of a portrait of Nelly Craig as a child, two engravings by John Craig, and two by Edward Gordon Craig. A pocket on the rear pastedown holds a publication announcement by the Whittington Press, a photo assumedly of Nelly in her later years, and a facsimile of two pages from one of Nelly's letters. A handsome copy of this first-hand account of Craig's final years in fine condition. Measures 6.5 x 10 inches. 49 pages. PRI/102523.