14 April 2004
SHAKESPEARE, William (1564-1616). The Tragedie of Hamlet Prince of Denmarke edited by J. Dover Wilson Litt. D. from the text of the second quarto printed in 1604-5 'According to the true and perfect coppie'. With which are also printed the Hamlet stories from Saxo Grammaticus and Belleforest and English translations therefrom. Weimar: Cranach Press, 1930.
2o (364 x 240 mm). Title and half-title printed from type by Eric Gill. Title and text printed in red and black. Woodcut half-title illustration and 79 woodcut illustrations by and after Edward Gordon Craig, one printed in black and blue, another finished by hand in red. Original quarter cloth (light darkening to spine and edges), pocket on lower pastedown containing J. Dover Wilson's Notes on the Text of Shakespeare's Hamlet, 1604. Provenance: pencil note on pastedown, "This copy belongs to Laurence Irving."
LIMITED EDITION, number 193 of 300 copies, of a total edition of 322 on Maillol-Kessler hand-made paper. The English edition contains 6 additional woodcuts by Craig not present in the German edition of 1929. Garvey The Artist and the Book 1860-1960 66; Gill Eric Gill (1991) 341; Müller-Krumbach 'Katalog' 48.
[With:] Two proof sheets for illustrations in this edition, pencil signed by G. Craig; matted together and framed.
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