Item #014366 [Vale Press] Doctor Faustus. Christopher Marlow, Thomas Sturge Moore.
[Vale Press] Doctor Faustus
[Vale Press] Doctor Faustus
[Vale Press] Doctor Faustus
[Vale Press] Doctor Faustus

[Vale Press] Doctor Faustus

London: Vale & Ballantyne Press For Hacon and Ricketts, 1903. Illustrated by Charles Ricketts (1866-1931). Limited Edition. A Very Good Hardcover.

This play was produced to benefit The Romantic Stage Players, a group of amateur performers lead by Thomas Sturge Moore, Lawrence Binyon and W. B. Yeats. Sold by Hacon & Ricketts. Limited to 310 copies. Designed by Charles Ricketts (1866-1931). Seen through the press by John Masefield.


Green cloth with blind-stamped geometric design; Gilt stamped spine title. Printed in the Avon Type on lighter paper with the Mermaid watermark; Printed in a uniform manner as the Press's Shakespeare using the border from the Tragedies.

The bindings are tight and square. Text clean, light even toning. Moderate shelf handling wear. Spine has age-darkening with Free endpages toned as is typical. Preliminary leaves unopened. 8vo; 9.5 inches tall; (12) blank, li, (1) blank, colophon, (13) blank.

Very Good / No Dust Jacket As Issued. Item #014366

The Tragical History of the Life and Death of Doctor Faustus, commonly referred to simply as Doctor Faustus, is an Elizabethan tragedy by Christopher Marlowe, based on German stories about the title character Faust. It was probably written in 1592 or 1593, shortly before Marlowe's death.

Background Information:
Richett's arranged to have the Vale Press publications printed at the Ballantyne Press as private press books by a carefully chosen selection of compositors, readers, pressmen and binders freed from the everyday demands of the press. [Watry]

Charles Ricketts was a British artist, illustrator, author and printer, known for his work as a book designer and typographer and for his costume and scenery designs for plays and operas. Ricketts first made his mark in book production, first as an illustrator, and then as the founder and driving force of the Vale Press (1896-1904), one of the leading private presses of the day, for which he designed the type and illustrations. A disastrous fire at the printers led to the closure of the press, and Ricketts turned increasingly to painting and sculpture over the following two decades. [Tate]

Ref; Watley, B45; L'Art Ancient, 45, Ricketts, xxviv; Capelleveen.


Price: $275.00