Our edition of Punch and Judy has a noteworthy history. First, the version we have is that of John Payne Collier, a journalist, who set down the words of an Italian puppeteer named Piccini as the latter performed his children's play in an English pub in 1827. Secondly, for the publication that resulted, George Cruikshank had made 24 water colors that never saw the light of day. They were drawn as Piccini's puppets danced about on his fingers that fateful day in The King's Arms pub in the Coal Yard off Drury Lane. Alas, there was no way, in those days, for reproducing water colors.
Having made his water colors, Cruikshank proceeded to etch plates from which prints were produced in black. LEC representatives discovered the original water colors in an album in the Princeton University archives. In this album, there were proofs of each of the Cruikshank etchings, each proof being one of only 18 pulled on India paper. In the same album lay the original 24 water colors which Cruikshank sketched in 1827!
Princeton University gracefully gave permission to the Limited Editions Club to reproduce the whole lot. It was decided that the Princeton University Press would print the title, and that Frederic Warde, once the manager of the Press would design the book. As the book opens, on each left hand page is a reproduction of a water color sketch; on each right hand page is a reproduction of the etching made from the water color! To reproduce the etchings and water colors, Arthur Jaffe of Vienna reproduced both sets of illustrations by collotype, the etchings in monochrome, the water colors in full color. Both the composition of the type and its impression on the paper were accomplished at the Princeton University Press.The type was printed upon a fine rag paper especially manufactured by the Worthy Paper Company of Newark, Delaware, according to specifications laid down by Mr. It is a deep mellow color, has a smooth surface, and has a "look through" appearance when held up to light. For the binding, it was determined that a leather from the days of the original Cruikshank illustrations would by 1937 have been a mellowed calfskin. To duplicate such an appearance, pieces of calfskin were cut and then pressed upon the surface of the leather with smooth blocks worked up to a great heat.
This provided the appearance of a much older book! The leather was then stamped with a design by Clarence Pearson Hornung. This is number 1321 of 1500 copies. There is no signature as Mr.
The highly essential four page (1937) Limited Editions Club Monthly Letter is included. This is another of those must have titles for any strong LEC library, and is a desirable for the young at heart and those who especially love classics of children's literature, in a gorgeous format and attractive condition. Thank you for reading this presentation, and good luck in your searches. Feel free to contact me with any questions.This item is in the category "Books & Magazines\Antiquarian & Collectible". The seller is "629north61ststreet" and is located in this country: US. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, China, Sweden, Korea, South, Indonesia, Taiwan, South Africa, Thailand, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Bahamas, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Switzerland, Norway, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Republic of, Malaysia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Panama, Trinidad and Tobago, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Saint Kitts-Nevis, Saint Lucia, Montserrat, Turks and Caicos Islands, Barbados, Bangladesh, Bermuda, Brunei Darussalam, Bolivia, Ecuador, Egypt, French Guiana, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Iceland, Jersey, Jordan, Cambodia, Cayman Islands, Liechtenstein, Sri Lanka, Luxembourg, Monaco, Macau, Martinique, Maldives, Nicaragua, Oman, Peru, Pakistan, Paraguay, Reunion, Vietnam, Uruguay.