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CRAIG, Edward Gordon.

On the Art of the Theatre.

Published: Chicago: Browne's Bookstore, [1911]

Stock code: 110104

Price: £375

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First and limited US edition, number 68 of 150 copies signed by the author (75 of which were reserved for the US); also inscribed by the publisher on a preliminary blank: “To Mr Percy MacKaye with appreciation of much kindness in connection with this book. Waldo R. Browne”. Percy MacKaye (1875-1956) was an American dramatist and poet; there is a tipped-in photograph on a preliminary blank that would appear to be a portrait of MacKaye reading this book. On the Art of the Theatre is Craig’s “highly influential book… in which he expounded his visionary ideas” (ODNB).

Large square octavo. Original quarter vellum, vellum corner tips, gilt lettered spine, olive green boards and endpapers, Gordon Craig’s gilt monogram on front cover, top edges gilt, untrimmed. Photogravure portrait frontispiece of Craig by Edward Steichen, 20 plates after designs by Craig tipped-in on drab brown heavy stock paper (with captioned tissue guards). Small area of damage to fore-edge of back cover, touch of foxing to frontispiece, offsetting from plate mounts to letterpress. A very good copy.

Bibliography: Fletcher & Rood A13b.

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