The Publisher Ernest Benn's Personal Copy
Shakespeare, William ~ The Tragedie of King Lear. Newly Printed From the First Folio of 1623 (Deluxe Limited Edition : Signed By Paul Nash : The Publisher Ernest Benn’s Personal Copy)
Ernest Benn : The Shakespeare Head Press : 1927
The First UK printing of this Deluxe illustrated edition published by Ernest Benn Limited and the Shakespeare Head Press in 1927. The BOOK is in near Fine condition. This is number 7 of only 100 signed copies for sale (there was also a trade edition of 450 copies on rag paper). It is printed on Batchelor's Kelmscott hand-made paper and hard-bound in brown oasis morocco. Light fading to the spine colouring but the gilt titling and inlays remain very bright. Five raised bands to the spine. Ornate gilt inlays to the covers. Rough cut pages with top edge gilt. Light toning to a few of the prelim page edges. Free from inscriptions and erasures. Housed in the original plain card slipcase which remains in Very Good ++ condition. 'The introductions are by Harley Granville-Barker. The volumes have been printed at the Shakespeare Head Press, under the direction of B.H. Newdigate, and the coloured illustrations have been carried out in facsimile collotype. The line blocks are by Messrs Emery Walker. The edition is under the art-editorship of Albert Rutherston. The volume is illustrated by Paul Nash.' The Book has been Signed by Harley Ganville-Barker, Albert Rutherston and Paul Nash to the verso of the title page. Nash contributes 6 pages of B/W 'Drawings' - some full page. He also contributes 5 'plates in colour'. The book has the Bookplate of 'E.J.P.B' to the front pastedown. 'E.J.P.B' was Sir Ernest John Pickstone Benn, 2nd Baronet CBE who was a British publisher, writer and political publicist. His father, John Benn, was a politician, who had been made a baronet in 1914. He was an uncle of the Labour politician Tony Benn. Ernest Benn Limited was a British publishing house. Founded by Sir John Benn as Benn Brothers in 1880. After Sir John was elected to Parliament in 1892, he passed control of the firm to his eldest son Ernest, who became managing director and started publishing more trade journals. In 1923, Ernest changed the name of the firm to Ernest Benn Limited. A wonderful association copy : the publisher's personal copy of an exquisite production. Scarce with such attributes.
CONDITION: Near Fine