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 with printed label. Plates are loosely inserted into a folded pocket at rear. Minor fading, wear, and discoloration to cover and spine, inside front cover has been repaired with linen tape, cracking at hinge, but leaves still attached. Plates and pages in fine condition. One of 1,000 unnumbered, unsigned trade editions. 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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