Greenbrae, California: The Allen Press, 1978. Seward, Victor. Limited Edition. Hardcover. One of 130 copies, folio size, approx.  pp., with original prospectus and invoice. Fine / fine. Item #20102301
The forty-fourth limited edition from The Allen Press, and their first production from the Greenbrae studio, being "one of the superlative dramas of the Periclean Age. Sophocles, born 496 B.C. was the younger contemporary of Aeschylus and the older of Euripides, and the friend of Pericles. He won his first dramatic triumph when he was twenty-eight, over Aeschylus. Although only seven complete plays survive, he wrote close to one hundred twenty-three, winning first place twenty times and never falling below second. 'Antigone' was produced in 441 B.C. when Sophocles was about fifty-four. The characters do not merely act; far more, they comment on action, criticize motives, judge ideas; all these moral utterances are astute or foolish, crude or gentle, accidentally or intentionally ironic, just as the author wishes. The drama is extraordinarily moving; it brought renown to Sophocles" (n.b., from the prospectus).
The illustrations by Victor Seward, hand-coloured by Dorothy Allen, are taken from sixth-century B.C. vase paintings.
With the tasteful Ex-Libris of Norman J. Sondheim, a collector of fine press books.
___DESCRIPTION: Bound in the same all-rag handmade paper as the book, with printing on the upper board and backstrip with the author and title positioned between heavy black rectangles, as on the title-page, fore- and tail-edges uncut, Ex-Libris of Norman J. Sondheim on the front pastedown, title-page printed in black, red, and golden-brown, three hand-coloured illustrations, each page is embellished with a vertical column of Greek symbols or letters in a series of four colors; types are Menhart Unciala for the text and Solemnis for display, hand-set, all-rag paper made in England at St Cuthberts Mill to the specifications of the press, with The Allen Press watermark, folio size (12.5" by 8 7/8"), approx.  pp., limited edition, one of 130 copies (unnumbered). In original clear acetate dust jacket, loosely laid in are the prospectus and an "Invoice", consisting of an Allen Press mailing envelope with the following hand-written: "Invoice | Standing Order | 1 copy - $120.00 | Sept. 1 78".
___CONDITION: Fine overall; the paper boards clean and unrubbed, the binding tight with solid hinges, the interior clean and bright, the colour in the illustrations deep and true, and other than Mr. Sondheim's Ex-Libris free of prior owner markings; the slightest bump to the bottom front corner, else fine - clean and crisp, a lovely example. The acetate dust jacket near fine, still clear, with a few minor spots of wear; the prospectus fine with only original folds, the "Invoice" fine.
___CITATION: The Allen Press Bibliography, no. 44.
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