Kentfield, California: The Allen Press, 1972. Forgeois, Michele. Limited Edition. Hardcover. One of 130 copies, folio size, 74 pp., signed by Michele Forgeois, with prospectus, in publisher's slipcase. Fine. Item #22111001
The thirty-eighth limited edition from The Allen Press is of one of the greatest dramas of all time. As the Allens share in the prospectus: "Euripides, 485-406 B.C., was born in the Golden Age of Greece; Socrates was his esteemed friend; Aeschylus and Sophocles his rivals. 'The Bacchae' is his masterpiece, with Dionysus (Bacchus, God of Wine and Fertility) as the main character. This is the Gilbert Murray translation of which Bertrand Russell wrote, 'it is more marvelous than any play I have ever read, except perhaps 'Hamlet' or 'Lear.' " The three full-page three-color etchings by Michele Forgeois were done at Atelier Clot Bramsen et Georges in Paris, the same studio used by other great artists such as Rodin, Degas, Manet and Rouault. "The etchings are numbered, signed by the artist, registered in Paris, and the plates canceled. They are original works of art in the full sense of this term."
___DESCRIPTION: Binding is composed of several parts: quarter olive-green cloth from Paris, boards with a vertical strip of black all-rag Italian paper with the title stamped in gilt, the balance of the boards are covered with a rich brown, grained wood veneer; black endpapers, fore- and tail-edges uncut, title-page printed in orange, olive and black, three full-page three-color etchings, with orange, blue, olive and blue-green highlights printed throughout the text; handset Unciala and Solemnis type, all-rag paper made by hand especially for The Allen Press, and so watermarked, at the Richard de Bas mill in France, folio size (14.25" by 10 1/8"), 74 pp., limited edition, one of 130 copies. The etchings, which are bound in, are all signed and numbered by the artist in pencil. Publisher's slipcase covered with the same olive-green cloth as the book, with black paper label stamped in gilt; prospectus loosely laid in, a single sheet folded once (for mailing), when open measures 15.25" by 7 3/8", printed in orange and black on one side only.
___CONDITION: A fine copy, like new, the binding clean and unrubbed, the text block tight and square with solid hinges, the interior clean and bright, and free of prior owner markings; perfect, as new from the press. The slipcase fine overall, strong and sturdy, the fabric clean and without wear other than a few extremely light, stray marks; the prospectus near fine with only the original folds and a bit of light wear at the top edge.
___CITATION: The Allen Press Bibliography, no. 38.
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