1982 · New York
First published in 1940 and performed six years later on Broadway, O'Neill's famous drama about despair and disillusionment playing out at an American bar is considered one of the playwright's most ambitious works.
For the present edition — limited to 2,000 copies, of which this is number 538 — artist Leonard Baskin (1922–2000) designed the text using monotype Janson font and created => nine full-page black and white drawings of O'Neill's characters, reproduced by Meriden Gravure Company, and => one sanguine lithograph pulled on Arches paper by Fox-Graphics Editions. In her introductory essay, "O'Neill and Baskin: The Iconography of a Double Exposure," art historian => Irma Jaffe analyzes the illustrations and traces the parallels in the art and lives of the playwright (1888–1953) and Baskin, who signed this below the colophon.
Binding: The play was printed and bound at the Stinehour Press in Lunenburg, VT, in full Curtis gray paper–covered boards with printed paper labels on the spine and front cover. It is rather bleak-looking — which is perfectly appropriate given the nihilistic theme of the play.
Limited Editions Club, Bibliography of the Fine Books Published by The Limited Editions Club, 1929–1985, 525. Binding as above, in original glassine dust jacket; crease to front dust jacket flap. With matching slipcase; minor fading to one side. => A superb copy, certainly one to admire! (Inventory #: 39460)