1974 · Avon, CT
The Limited Editions Club's "accurate and readable" translation of Thucydides' monumental history by Richard Crawley (1840–93), revised by Richard Feetham (1874–1965) with an introduction from Peter Richard Pouncey.
This version contains => eight double-spread two-color woodcuts and several smaller illustrations by iconic artist => A. Tassos (1914–85), who cut them in Athens before supervising their production by Aspioti Elka Graphic Arts. These decidedly impressive illustrations took Tassos almost two years to complete and were "the fulfillment of one of his lifelong dreams."
Binding: Tapley-Rutter Company has created two mirror-image volumes, one quarter black over terra cotta buckram, the other quarter terra cotta over black, with gilt lettering on spines and along the spine cloth over the front covers. A split image of marching soldiers, in gilt, spans the spines in their case.
Planned by Eugene M. Ettenberg, the text was printed by Case, Lockwood & Brainard using Linotype Janson, Palatino semi-bold, Columna, and Open Roman and Greek capitals. Numbered copy 733 of 2000 signed at the colophon by the illustrator. Both the prospectus and the appropriate Club newsletter are laid in.
Bibliography of the Fine Books Published by the Limited Editions Club, 476. Bound as above, in publisher's terra cotta slipcase with cream and bronze label; three leaves of the two volumes each with a small marginal spot, possibly original from time of printing. => A beautiful pair of books. (Inventory #: 36404)