San Francisco: The Arion Press, 1999. Washburn, Stan. Limited Edition. Hardcover. No. 196 of 300 copies, quarto size, 111 pp., signed by Arthur Miller and Stan Washburn, with original publisher's white paper wrapping. Fine. Item #CNRD03
Arthur Asher Miller (1915-2005) was seminal figure in twentieth-century American Theatre. A prolific writer of over thirty plays, which won him a Pulitzer Prize and multiple Tony Awards, he questions "death and betrayal and injustice and how we are to account for this little life of ours"; for nearly six decades, Miller created characters that wrestle with power conflicts, personal and social responsibility, the repercussions of past actions, and the twin poles of guilt and hope (n. b., info from The National Endowment for the Humanities website). In "The Price", Miller details familial conflict and relationships through the pull of memory and the past as they collide with the present.
Stan Washburn (b. 1943), a painter and printmaker who has collaborated with the Arion Press on publications such as "The Lie of the Mind" by Sam Shepard and "Tono-Bungay" by H. G. Wells, illustrates this edition with stark drawings of antique furniture; Washburn's bold mark making and high contrast depicts the isolation between the characters and their environment.
___DESCRIPTION: Full brown cloth, cream paper label with brown illustration by Stan Washburn inset to the front board, cream paper spine label with brown lettering, fore- and bottom edges uncut, full-page black-and-white illustrations by Washburn throughout; Goudy Old Style type, Zerkall paper, quarto size (10.25" by 7.25"), pagination: [1-6] 7-110 [1 colophon], one of 300 copies, this number 196, signed by Arthur Miller on the half-title page and by Stan Washburn on the colophon. Housed in a slipcase covered in brown cloth with cream paper paste-downs with a pattern of dollar signs in brown, with cream paper spine label with brown lettering. With the original publisher's white paper wrapping.
___CONDITION: Volume is very fine, with clean covers, straight corners with no rubbing, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, the interior is clean and bright, and entirely free of prior owner markings. The slipcase is fine also, strong and sturdy, clean and without wear. Clean and as new, volume came to us in the unopened publisher's wrapping, which we opened in order to catalogue.
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