New York: De Luxe Editions, N.D. [ca.1935]. Harry Clarke. First U.S. De Luxe Reprint Edition. Cloth. Tall 8vo (6 1/2" x 9 5/8"), maroon quarter cloth with gold lettering on spine and front cover over peach-colored textured cloth, profusely illustrated with B&W halftone plates, head & tail pieces, plus vignettes by Harry Clarke; top page edges gilded [t.e.g.], 252 rough-cut / yapped pages. Very Good / None. Item #5409
CONDITION: UNCOMMON edition with SUPERB Beardsleyesque bright unfoxed Illustrations. Tight and internally clean copy. No annotations. Some fading to cloth (partly caused by age as well as for being shelved next to a smaller book, ergo in part light partial sunning). Slight uniform age-toning to paper. Gift inscription on front free endpaper.
George Harrap published their limited edition of Faust illustrated by famed Harry Clarke in London, 1925. Costing hundreds of dollars today, it also had 8 colour plates. Dingwall of New York published their edition in 1927. This De Luxe edition appears to be a less expensive reprint using the splendid Clarke illustrations. Harry Clarke (1889-1931) was a famed Irish book illustrator, stained glass artist, and leading figure in the Irish Arts and Crafts Movement.
Art nouveau elaborate B&W illustrations throughout by Clarke--suggestive of Beardsley--in full and partial page designs. Remarkable edition published during the golden age of gift-book illustration in the first third of the twentieth century.
Bayard Taylor's translation in the original meters first appeared in 1932 containing Parts I and II. It soon became the standard translation for many years.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 – 1832) was a German writer and statesman. His works include epic and lyric poetry; prose and verse dramas; memoirs; an autobiography; literary and aesthetic criticism; treatises on botany, anatomy, and colour; and four novels. In addition, numerous literary and scientific fragments, more than 10,000 letters, and nearly 3,000 drawings by him exist.