Prisons. With the Carceri Etchings of G. B. Piranesi.
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. Plates are loosely inserted into a folded pocket at rear. Some fading to portfolio, with spotting and minor water staining to portfolio and book cover. Spine of portfolio has some wear and fraying. Plates and pages in fine condition. Numbered 47 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.
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