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Private Press, Illustrated Books and Modern First Editions

Wednesday 30th January 2019: 10:30am GMT

Cranach press hamlet

Lot 50

Cranach Press.- Shakespeare (William) The Tragedie of Hamlet Prince of Denmarke, one of 300 copies, Janet Leeper's copy signed by Edward Gordon Craig and with additional signed print, Weimar, Cranach Press, 1930.

 

Estimate: £4,000 - 6,000

Hammer Price: £7,500

Full Lot Details

Cranach Press.- Shakespeare (William) The Tragedie of Hamlet Prince of Denmarke, edited by J.Dover Wilson, number 207 of 300 copies on Maillol hand-made paper, from an edition limited to 322, type designed by Edward Johnston after the Mainz Psalter of 1457, title cut by Eric Gill, printed in red and black, wood-engraved illustrations designed and cut by Edward Gordon Craig, 'Notes on The Tragedie of Hamlet...' by J.Dover Wilson in original wrappers in pocket at end, Janet Leeper's copy signed by Edward Gordon Craig in 1948 on front free endpaper and with additional signed print of Hamlet descending stairs reading loosely inserted at beginning (on Japon, initialled 'EGC', dated 1930 and with note "Only 13 copies printed, Copy 6" in pencil at foot), front free endpaper lightly browned, original linen-backed boards, paper label on spine, uncut, corners slightly bumped and worn as usual but a very good clean copy, preserved in modern cloth-backed drop-back box, folio, Weimar, Cranach Press, 1930.

One of the outstanding pieces of book art of the 20th century, with an excellent association.

Janet Leeper was an author on English ballet and wrote Edward Gordon Craig: Designs for the Theatre, published as a King Penguin in 1948.

Full Lot Details

Cranach Press.- Shakespeare (William) The Tragedie of Hamlet Prince of Denmarke, edited by J.Dover Wilson, number 207 of 300 copies on Maillol hand-made paper, from an edition limited to 322, type designed by Edward Johnston after the Mainz Psalter of 1457, title cut by Eric Gill, printed in red and black, wood-engraved illustrations designed and cut by Edward Gordon Craig, 'Notes on The Tragedie of Hamlet...' by J.Dover Wilson in original wrappers in pocket at end, Janet Leeper's copy signed by Edward Gordon Craig in 1948 on front free endpaper and with additional signed print of Hamlet descending stairs reading loosely inserted at beginning (on Japon, initialled 'EGC', dated 1930 and with note "Only 13 copies printed, Copy 6" in pencil at foot), front free endpaper lightly browned, original linen-backed boards, paper label on spine, uncut, corners slightly bumped and worn as usual but a very good clean copy, preserved in modern cloth-backed drop-back box, folio, Weimar, Cranach Press, 1930.

One of the outstanding pieces of book art of the 20th century, with an excellent association.

Janet Leeper was an author on English ballet and wrote Edward Gordon Craig: Designs for the Theatre, published as a King Penguin in 1948.