1949. London: Trianon Press, 1949.
Folio, (36) pp., with a frontispiece and 18 plates. Original stiff wrappers laid in cloth backedstriped board portfolio with ribbon ties, both with printed labels. Some fading to portfolio. Very good.
§ Numbered 87 and signed by Aldous Huxley. Of the first printing, 212 were signed by the author; 100 copies were reserved for the Trianon Press, Cobham, Surrey, and the Grey Falcon Press, Philadelphia; 100 for Zeitlin & Ver Brugge, Los Angeles; 12 copies numbered A to L, "hors commerce" for the author, the publishers and their associates. With a 16-page essay by Huxley and a critical study by Jean Adhemar of the famous fantasy prison etchings by Piranesi which inspired Huxley and Adhemar (curator of prints at the BN) to write a short history of prisons and criminality and an analysis of the plates. Eshelbach & Shober 50. Item #108016