Die Tragische Geschichte von Hamlet Prinzen von Daenmark
in deutscher Sprache.New York, Benjamin Blom, 1972 Stock Code: 141403
NotesFacsimile of the first edition of the Cranach Press Hamlet, one of the most remarkable printed books of the 20th century.
In 1912 Count Harry Kessler commissioned Edward Gordon Craig to illustrate an edition of Hamlet, to be printed at his private Cranach Press using the woodblocks of Craig's "black figures" and with specially-designed type. Work on it was suspended during the First World War and the book was not issued for nearly 20 years: the German edition in 1929 and the English in 1930, the latter with some additional engravings. When the work finally appeared it was a masterpiece of printing and design, and one which visually captured many of Craig's ideas for the theatre with its "screens" or "scenery" formed by blocks of engraved lines and simple draped figures in different sizes creating theatrical space.
Quarto. Original quarter vellum, brown boards, spine and front cover lettered in orange, rear pocket with the publisher's 8 pp. leaflet on the Cranach Press, as issued, top edge gilt. With the original card slipcase.
Reproductions of 74 wood-engraved illustrations by Edward Gordon Craig, two initials and title over the first engraving by Eric Gill, type designed by Edward Johnston, headlines and colophon printed in red.
A fine copy, clean and unmarked, in the original slipcase, with a couple of small splits and minor wear to edges.
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