(Monmouthshire): The Old Stile Press, (2005). Adams, Susan. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Number 7 of 150 copies, folio,  pp., signed by John Lloyd Davies and Susan Adams. Fine. Item #CNJL975
Many of us are at least vaguley familiar with the chilling story of Bluebeard. "The story of Bluebeard has a long history, from Perrault's Fairy Tales through Maeterlinck, and is deeply embedded in the dark storytelling of the early twentieth century. Béla Balázs, heavily influenced by the French Symbolists, wrote a play which inspired his fellow countryman Béla Bartók to create a truly Hungarian opera. The music and the libretto in their turn have drawn from Susan Adams a sequence of images. Each page evokes the unfolding pathos of the events that the walls of Duke Bluebeard's castle have witnessed. Susan Adams writes 'if certain fearful realities are accessed through the maze of the imagination, at least it allows one to take on these realities'. She has cut large woodblocks allied with computer-generated line blocks to convey the overwhelming power struggle and Judith's progression towards understanding the man she has married and facing the reality of her own inevitable fate." (N.B., from colophon and web site of the Old Stile Press.) The opera had its original premier on May 24, 1918, in Budapest and continues to be performed today. ***DESCRIPTION: The book is casebound and covered with red paper printed all over with a woodcut, dark gray endpapers, title page in red and black, 18 images (34 x 24 cm) use two printmaking techniques, printing directly from woodblocks in black (with two in white) and digitally generated photopolymer line blocks, printed in red; Eric Gill's Joanna type, Rives BFK paper, folio size (approximately 15" by 11.5"),  pp., limited edition, number 7 of 150 copies, signed by John Lloyd Davies and Susan Adams. In a slipcase with gray sides again printed with images by Susan Adams. ***CONDITION: Fine, in a fine slipcase; like new. ***POSTAGE: Please note that due to the size and weight of this work additional postage may apply; we are happy to ship at cost to both domestic and international addresses, please contact us for details. ***Swan's Fine Books is pleased to be a member of the ABAA, ILAB and IOBA and we stand behind every book we sell. Please contact us with any questions you may have, we are here to help.