[Chicago]: Langworthy & Stevens / Blue Sky Press, 1902. Hardcover. 67 of 400 copies on paper. This one act play was written by Browning in 1853, and was the last play he authored. The Blue Sky Press was founded in 1899 by Thomas Wood Stevens and Alden Charles Noble. During its eight years, multiple books, literary magazines, and stationary were produced. Dark blue cloth over grey paper covered boards with gilt title to front board and tan paper label to spine. Rubbing and wear to edges of boards, spine ends, and corners. Lovely two page title spread with blackberry vine border and some red hand lettering. The design was clearly influenced by William Morris. Text is printed in black and red ink. Bookplate of Lucy White Williams to front pastedown. Long poetic inscription in pen to front free endpaper, dated 1902. Pages are unopened and clean with deckled edges. Blue endpapers with elaborate decoration. 65 pages. PRI/011623. Very Good.
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München [Munich]: Bremer Prese, 1926. A four-page prospectus for the Greek language edition of Prometheus from the esteemed Bremer Presse. It shows the title page,two pages of text accompanied by two woodcuts done by German artist Ludwig von Hofmann. The rear page of the prospectus describes in English the creation of this book and the participants, along with the number of copies and prices. Printed in black ink on brown paper. There is a three inch split along the fold, otherwise in very good condition. PRI/042123. Very Good.
Monmouthshire, England: The Old Stile Press, 2008. Hard Cover. Number 70 of 195 copies in Main Edition. Illustrated by Michael Onken and signed by him. This book came when the McDowells, proprietors of the press, discovered this text among the papers of George Mackay Brown. He wrote it in 1984 and it had a single public reading but was never published. The play draws on the tales of the Selkie folk. The American artist, Michael Onken, has found Orkney to be his "spiritual" home, and also was drawn to the Selkie legends. This book is a result of the play's discovery. Bound in cream cloth front cover with illustration in brown. Backing and rear board are blue linen. Housed in fine grey slipcase with paper illustration of Mackay Brown affixed to front. Designed and printed by Nicolas McDowell in Albertina type on grey Velin Arches paper. The artist's wood engravings, woodcuts,and linocut images were printed in black and white from the original blocks. Binding by The Fine Book Bindery using paper printed at The Old Stile Press. In fine condition. Unpaginated [56 pages]. PRI/061316. Fine.
Lexington, KY: The Anvil Press, 1993. Hardcover. Number 35 of 75 copies. A beautiful edition of The Tempest from Victor Hammer's Anvil Press. In her foreword, Carolyn Hammer explains why they chose Capell's 18th century text for this book, including why they retained the unusual punctuation and "novelties" found in Capell. Bound in decorated paper evocative of the island on which the play's characters were stranded, with a black linen spine with a title label. Printed on Magnani paper with the text composed in Victor Hammer's American Uncial typeface. In her afterword, Carolyn thanks her collaborators on this production and notes that the Chiaroscuro woodcut on the title page was commissioned especially for the Anvil Press edition. Laid in is a bookmark from the press. In fine condition. Measures 6.5 x 9 inches. 107 pages plus afterword. PRI/112221. Fine.