Ernest Benn, 1928, Hardcover (Half Vellum), Book Condition: Very Good, Dust Jacket Condition: No, First
Various writers and artists. Robes of Thespis, London: Ernest Benn Limited, 1928. Heavy quarto, copy No. 1 of an edition limited to 25, pp. xv, 143, 111 color plates under tissue guards with caption info, gray cloth boards quarter-bound in vellum with gilt lettering to spine, gilt-stamped actress in costume on front, top edge gilt, other edges untrimmed. Describes the theatrical costumes of the day including Irish theater, opera and ballet, using well-known illustrators such as Edmund Dulac, Edward Gordon Craig, Charles Ricketts and Max Beerbohm, who also wrote a chapter. The editor, Rupert Mason, says he also used unknown young artists to give them some exposure alongside the established greats. Condition of this book: Vellum perished from lower spine, boards bumped at corners, scratch on rear panel; internally fine, binding sound. Special Limited Edition, first issue in this format. Size: Quarto. Text body is clean, and free from previous owner annotation, underlining and highlighting. All edges clean, neat and free of foxing. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Over 3 kilos. Category: Antiquarian & Rare; 1920s; Fashion, Fabrics & Style. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 54323.