[Two Illustrated Leaves from:] THE TRAGEDIE OF HAMLET PRINCE OF DENMARKE...
by [Cranach Press]: Shakespeare, William
Weimar: The Cranach Press, 1930. Printed in red and black. Two leaves, matted to exposed areas of 26 x 18.5 cm and 26 x 20.5cm. Blank fore-margins (concealed by mats) ragged and chipped, visible areas very good or better. Mats (45.5 x 35.5 cm) a bit hand and dust smudged. Two illustrated leaves from the Cranach HAMLET, removed by a former owner from an evidently imperfect copy and matted for display. One of the masterworks of 20th century fine printing, illustrated with original woodcuts by E. Gordon Craig, HAMLET was published in an edition of three hundred numbered copies printed under the direction of Count Harry Kessler on Maillol-Kessler handmade paper (with an additional twenty-two deluxe copies). The two present leaves are from Act III, Scene I (lines 1-2) and Act V, Scene II (lines 329-360). The text was edited by J. Dover Wilson from the 1604/5 second quarto edition, and was accompanied by "the Hamlet Stories from Saxo Grammaticus and Belleforest and English translations therefrom." A German language printing appeared in 1928. "Together with the Maillol VIRGIL, this is one of the most ambitious and successful books of the Cranach Press, with a fine harmony between the type page and the illustration" - ARTIST AND THE BOOK. ARTIST AND THE BOOK 66. FLETCHER & ROOD C25(c).
(Inventory #: WRCLIT76209)
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