Extremely scarce with such attributes
Marlowe, Christopher ~ The Famous Tragedy Of The Rich Jew Of Malta : Engravings By Eric Ravilious : Original Publisher’s Morocco Binding
The Golden Hours Press, London : 1933
The Sole uk printing published by The Golden Hours Press in 1933. Number '42' of only 250 copies printed, of which '200 were for sale'. The BOOK is in near Fine condition. It is the publishers original first issue elaborate morocco binding, marbled boards and gilt titling (NOT to be confused with the Hollis and Carter later rebound copies in plain green buckram). A few tiny spots of rubbing to the morocco on the spine and light offsetting to the end-papers, otherwise the book is in lovely condition with no inscriptions. The book is protected in a loose Mylar archival cover. With four striking full-page wood engravings by Eric Ravilious. 'This edition of the Jew of Malta has been planned by C. Sandford and F.J. Newbery and printed for THE GOLDEN HOURS PRESS at the Chiswick Press. The type used is 'Bembo,' revived from an early Aldine fount. The paper is pure rag handmade. By arrangement with the Clarendon Press the text used is that of the Standard Oxford 'Marlowe,' edited by C.F. Tucker Brooke, following in the main the 1633 quarto version, which though corrupt and itself possibly only a reprint revised from an earlier edition, is nevertheless the only text preserved.' Very few copies remain in their original binding and it is unclear as to how many were issued as such. It appears that many of the 200 unbound copies were taken over by Hollis and Carter who chose to issue such copies in a plain much cheaper buckram binding. These copies were also numbered with the addition of the letter 'a' and contain an errata slip explaining the numbering and rebinding. A very handsome private press edition published to celebrate the three hundredth anniversary of the play's first printing. Extremely scarce with this being only the second copy we have handled to date.
CONDITION: Near Fine