San Francisco: James Linden, Publisher [designed and printed by Adrian Wilson at the Press in Tuscany Alley], 1987. First and Limited Edition. No binding. No. 36 of 60 copies, 48 pp., loose signatures in a drop-down box, signed by Adrian Wilson and Joyce Lancaster, with prospectus. Fine. Item #20110903
Adrian Wilson (1923-1988) was not just an extraordinarily talented printer and publisher, but, with his wife Joyce Lancaster Wilson, was one of the founders of the "Interplayers Theater" in 1947. The Wilsons would print the programs, announcements and broadsides for the group (and for other theatrical groups as well) from the 40s to the 60s.
In 1957 Adrian Wilson published "Printing for Theater", the history of the first ten years of the Interplayers; hence this work, "More Printing for Theater", which was conceived of by the publisher, James Linden, during a visit with Adrian Wilson and the discovery of "several large boxes of theater ephemera" - which became this work, published in an edition of 67 copies total (60 for sale).
A riot of theater-centered fine press printing; as Wilson himself states in the Introduction, "[w]e hope these pieces will still evoke not only the excitement of the theater but the joyous scope of the printer's craft as well" (p. 5).
___DESCRIPTION: Issued as loose bifolia in a drop-down box, the first 28 pages being the Commentary written by Joyce Lancaster and Adrian Wilson, with a complete checklist of the pieces printed provided on pp. 24 - 27, with pencil checkmarks next to those items provided in this particular work, page 28 being the Colophon page, and pp. 29-48 being the paper folios encasing the ephemera; Adrian Wilson signed at the bottom of the Introduction (p. 5) and both he and Joyce Lancaster signed at the Colophon (p. 28); per the Checklist, thirty-one pieces of ephemera were included, however, our count revealed forty-two pieces (a few being duplicates); the bifolia of Arches Cover paper, types Centaur and Arrighi. Loosely laid in is the prospectus, a single sheet folded to four pages, with the original horizontal mailing fold, decorations in red and black. All are encased in a drop-down box executed by Klaus-Ullrich Rötzscher printed with decorations from "Printing for Theater" cut by Nuiko Haramaki.
___CONDITION: Fine; the signatures all clean and bright and utterly without wear, the box clean and also without wear, and entirely free of prior owner markings; we acquired this item directly from the publisher and it is therefore as new. A few pieces of the ephemera have slight wear, from being boxes for several decades, but most are in fine condition.
___POSTAGE: Please note that this is an unusually very large and heavy item and additional postage will apply; please inquire for details.
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