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1930-1939


The Tragedie of Hamlet Prince of Denmarke
Weimar: Cranach Press, 1930.

Edited by J. Dover Wilson, this edition includes the Hamlet stories from Belleforest and Saxo Grammaticus. The typographical arrangement was done by Count Harry Kessler. Edward Gordon Craig (1872-1966) designed and cut on wood the illustrations, Eric Gill cut the title, and the type was designed by Edward Johnston.

Craig, a significant figure in 20th century theatre, produced simple figures cut in relief from wood veneer to work out his ideas using a small model theatre. He eventually tried inking these for prints, and thus the "black figure" used in this book was developed. The black on black printing was achieved by a double impression, the first one blind, followed by an inked block printed on the flattened paper before it regained its texture. Only one page was printed with color: Ophelia in front of a large window printed in blue.

Hamlet Hamlet Hamlet
Hamlet Hamlet
The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
with engravings by Eric Gill
High Wycombe, Printed for the members of the
Limited Editions Club by Hague and Gill, 1933

Designed and illustrated by Eric Gill, this copy is no. 1302 of 1500 numbered copies. In 1935, Paul Stoddard wrote that this book was, "perhaps the most actually dramatic version extant in modern typography. Mr. Gill set the text in his own Joanna, adding wood-block initials and illustrations of a strikingly spare and sinewy kind. This is not mere decoration: it is the sympathetic probing into the play and at the same time a sensitive adjustment of the gravure's line to the weight of the type."

Hamlet Hamlet
Hamlet Hamlet
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare
Garden City, New York: Doubleday, Doran And Company, Inc., 1936
With preface by Christopher Morley;
illustrated by American artist Rockwell Kent (1882-1971).
Romeo and Juliet
Romeo and Juliet
"Good-night, good-night"
Midsummer Night's Dream
Midsummer Night's Dream
"-and let me rest."
Venus and Adonis
Venus and Adonis
Richard III
Richard III
"A horse! a horse!"
Henry V
Henry V
Then I will kiss your lips, Kate.
Gentlemen of Verona
Two Gentlemen of Verona
"Come,come,
Be patient; we must bring you to our captain."
Hamlet
New York: The Limited Editions Club, 1939
Edited and amended by Herbert Farjeon
Designed by Bruce Rodgers.
Illustrated from drawings by Edy Legrand.

Hamlet
King Lear
New York: The Limited Editions Club, 1939
Edited and amended by Herbert Farjeon
Designed by Bruce Rodgers
Illustrated from drawings by Boardman Robinson

King Lear
Antony and Cleopatra
New York: The Limited Editions Club, 1939
Edited and amended by Herbert Farjeon
Designed by Bruce Rodgers
Illustrated with hand-colored wood-engravings by Enric-C. Ricart Antony and Cleopatra
Macbeth
New York: The Limited Editions Club, 1939
Edited and amended by Herbert Farjeon
Designed by Bruce Rodgers
Illustrated from drawings in color by Edward Gordon Craign.
Macbeth
Lady Macbeth
What will these hands ne're be cleane?
A Midsummer Night's Dream
New York: The Limited Editions Club, 1939
Edited and amended by Herbert Farjeon
Designed by Bruce Rodgers
Illustrated from water-colors by Arthur Rackham
Although by the same artist, these illustrations differ from those in the Heinemann & Doubleday, Page edition.
Midsummer Night's Dream Midsummer Night's Dream
Henry the Eighth
New York: The Limited Editions Club, 1939
Edited and amended by Herbert Farjeon
Designed by Bruce Rodgers
Illustrated with wood engravings by Eric Gill
Henry VIII Henry VIII Henry VIII
Othello
New York: The Limited Editions Club, 1939
Edited and amended by Herbert Farjeon
Designed by Bruce Rodgers
Illustrated with wood engravings by Robert Gibbings
Othello
Iago:Awake: what hoa,
Brabantio: Theeves,Theeves, Theeves. Looke to your house, your daughter, and your Bags,
Theeves,Theeves.
Othello
Iago:
Oh, beware my Lord, of jealousie,
It is the greene-ey'd Monster, which doth mocke
The meate it feeds on.
Othello
Desdemona: Would'st thou do such a deed for al the world?
Aemilia:The world is a huge thing: it is a great price, for a small vice.
The Tempest
New York: The Limited Editions Club, 1939
Edited and amended by Herbert Farjeon
Designed by Bruce Rodgers
Illustrated from water-colors by Edward A. Wilson
The Tempest The Tempest

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