Toronto: Biting Dog Press, 2002. Hardcover. Number 246 of 250 copies. Signed by Gaiman, Zipes, and Walker. From the introduction: "There are hundreds if not thousands of versions of 'Snow White' tales...but the one we remember most is the Disney version Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs....the virginal, graceful and modest Snow White...has warmed the hearts of children and adults ever since the film appeared in 1937. But what if Snow White were really a monster? This is the question Neil Gaiman asks in his chilling play, Snow Glass Apples....This exquisite reproduction of Gaiman's play by Biting Dog Press is particularly artful and appropriate in the manner in which it brings out the key disturbing questions of the story through unusual design, typography, and images." Bound in black cloth with title embossed in relief on front cover. Book is printed on Zephyr Laid paper using wood engraving, letterpress, and lithographic techniques. The engravings were impressed directly onto handmade Japanese paper from the original wood blocks. The binding is handsewn. Housed in a black slipcase with the title in silver on the cover. Includes a CD of the play. A wonderful production in fine condition. 7 x 9 inches. 63 pages. PRI/040222. Fine.
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London: Ballantyne Press [Vale Press], 1901. Limited Edition. Paper covered boards. 8vo. 1 of 280 copies. It was printed at the Ballantyne Press under the supervision of the founder of the Vale Press, Charles Ricketts. Michael Field was the pseudonym of the poets/playrights Katherine Harris Bradley and Edith Cooper, who were aunt and niece as well as lesbian lovers. They were part of the 1890s circle and close friends of Charles Ricketts and his partner, Charles Shannon. Bound in printed paper covered boards in buff and green with 'dead leaves' design over grey-blue paper covered spine with paper title label to spine. Browning to spine, title label, and top edges of boards. Minor wear to corners and edges of boards. Small spots of foxing to boards and a few spots of soiling to spine and boards. Bump and chipping to foot of spine. Offsetting to endpapers and occasional spots of foxing to interior, but clean and bright overall. Foxing to fore-edge. Printed in red and black Vale type. Pages are unopened. [85 pages.] PRI/062722. Very Good +.
London: Ballantyne Press [Vale Press], 1898. Limited Edition. Paper covered boards. 8vo. 1 of 210 copies. It was printed at the Ballantyne Press under the supervision of the founder of the Vale Press, Charles Ricketts. Michael Field was the pseudonym of the poets/playrights Katherine Harris Bradley and Edith Cooper, who were aunt and niece as well as lesbian lovers. They were part of the 1890s circle and close friends of Charles Ricketts and his partner, Charles Shannon. In her bibliography of the Vale Press, Maureen Watry recounts the rather complicated publication history of this title. Ultimately the writers were delighted with the outcome, particularly the design of the title page and of the flying peacock motif on the paper boards. Harris in fact wrote in her journal that the title page’s capital letter was ‘the most beautiful...in the whole world.’ (See Watry, The Vale Press, pages 142-144). The play itself was regarded by Cooper as a masterpiece. Very good in speckled green and buff peacock patterned paper covered boards with greyish-blue paper covered spine. The spine is darkened with bumping to ends and scuff mark with bump to edge. Browning to title label, top edges of boards, and to blue paper. The boards show minor wear to edges and corners. Some offsetting to end papers and a few spots of foxing to edges of several pages. Very occasional small spots of foxing elsewhere to interior. Printed in black Vale type with red type and ornament to a list of characters and to the title page. Pages are unopened. A desirable copy of this lovely Vale Press title. cxvi pages plus colophon. PRI/062722. 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.