San Francisco: The Arion Press, 2001. Matthews, William. Limited Edition. Hardcover. No. 268 of 426 copies, oblong quarto size, 131 pp., signed by Tom Stoppard and William Matthews. Fine. Item #CNJL506
Sir Tom Stoppard (born Tomas Straussler, 1937), playwright and screenwriter, has received an Academy Award (for Shakespeare in Love) and four Tony Awards. This play, first performed in London in 1993, "interweaves elements of the murder mystery with bedroom farce"; it "begins in 1809 in the schoolroom of Sidley Park, the seat of the Coverly family, where Lord and Lady Croom are entertaining a set of poets and intellectuals that includes the historical figure Lord Byron. Episodes alternate in Sidley Park between 1809-1812 and the present, nearly two centuries later, among the Croom descendants".
William Matthews (b. 1949) is among the foremost American artists in watercolour; his illustrations for this work show the reader the larger setting for the play, exterior to the stage set. They are inserted two at the front and two at the back of the book, with the unusual and imaginative design allowing the book to be displayed with all four illustrations on view at once and pages from the dialogue open as well.
___DESCRIPTION: Full green ribbed silk, paper labels on the front and spine with green lettering, watercolour illustrations bound in at front and rear as referred to above, title page in green and black; oblong quarto size (11" by 14"), pagination: [i] ii-xvi  2-114 [1 colophon], one of 426 copies, this number 268, signed by Tom Stoppard and William Matthews on the colophon. Prospectus of four pages loosely laid in, with five illustrations of the book and sample pages. The slipcase is covered on the top, bottom and spine with matching green silk, paper spine label, sides covered in green paper.
___CONDITION: A fine copy; the boards clean, the corners straight and unrubbed, the binding tight with solid hinges, the interior clean and bright, and entirely free of prior owner markings; clean, crisp, as new. The slipcase is fine, strong and sturdy, clean, without wear. The prospectus is also fine, clean and without wear.
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