Ten Designs for the Two Gentlemen of Verona.
With a Foreword by Gordon Bottomley.Flansham: Pear Tree Press, 1925 Stock Code: 140871
Signed by the artistFirst edition, first impression, number 45 of 50 copies only signed by the designer. Five plates show Guthrie's designs for the stage decor; the others illustrate six characters for a theatre production of Shakespeare's play. John Guthrie was the son of the printer and owner of the press, James Guthrie, whose print-making technique and aesthetic was influenced by William Blake.
John Guthrie explains that "in terms of the stage they his designs consist of one permanent scene, which is altered and transformed by means of lighting and curtains" (Artist's Note). In the accompanying foreword, the poet Gordon Bottomley describes Guthrie's work as "a clear vision which chimes helpfully and graciously with that of the play".
Folio, pp. . Original blue-grey thick paper chemise, titles in gilt on front cover, pictorial design in orange to rear cover, loose sheets as issued.
10 colour wood-engraved plates after Guthrie, one in-text black-and-white woodcut, text printed in black, brown, and blue.
A hint of wear, else clean and fresh; a remarkably well-preserved copy.
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