New York: Limited Editions Club, 1934. Hardcover. Number 930 of 1500 copies signed by Pablo Picasso. This famed edition of Aristophanes's play Lysistrata is considered by many critics to be one of the very finest books published by Limited Editions Club. One of the most ribald works of antiquity,it is illustrated here with Picasso’s magnificent etchings and drawings. It is the only American publication with original etchings by Pablo Picasso and signed by him. Many scholars feel his etchings in this volume are among his most important in the classical style. This edition contains the translation of Gilbert Seldes who translated the text for a stage revival. Seldes was an American writer and cultural critic who served as the editor and drama critic of the seminal modernist magazine The Dial.
George Macy, the founder of Limited Editions Club, wrote of this edition, which he designed: "To illustrate Lysistrata, Picasso has given us six etched copperplates and forty pencil drawings. Each plate, each drawing, bears witness to his mastery of method and technique. His line is sure, confident; it cries out to the world that the man who drew it knows what he was about. And the line is pure, it is that sort of line of which even the Greeks used to say that this is 'pure Grecian line.' The etchings which Picasso did for the edition were printed by hand by Charles Furth of New York." [George Macy Imagery Blog].
Bound in heavy boards covered with a three color patterned paper of cream, red, and blue with a design made by LeRoy Appleton from the Picasso drawings. The binding is very good + with very slight edge wear. In a glassine cover that is split along spine and torn along edges. The interior text pages and original etchings are clean and bright in near fine condition. Housed in a blue cloth chemise slipcase that unfortunately is soiled, stained, and worn, with top and bottom edges of chemise missing. Title spine to slipcase is partly detached and soiled. Printed in Caslon types in black and sanguine on Rives paper. Prospectus laid in. Despite problems with slipcase and glassine wrapper the book itself is beautiful. Quarto. 117 pages plus colophon. PRI/100521. Near Fine in Poor Slipcase.