by Williams, Tennessee
First edition and one of 750 numbered copies. Three-volume collection containing "The Glass Menagerie," "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof," and the first publication--and printing--of Tennessee Williams's recently discovered play, "These Are the Stairs You Got to Watch." David Bruce Smith, publisher of the collection, has provided the commentary. Michael Kahn, Artistic Director of the Shakespeare Theatre and friend to Williams, authored the preface. Hand set in Baskerville type and letterpress printed in four colors on Fabriano Rusticus paper by Paolo Barbieri. Hand-painted endleaves in a mid-twentieth century pattern. Book design and binding by John Paul Greenawalt.
Includes original artwork by the world renowned artist, Clarice Smith, who was commissioned to create six, full page works of "Tennessee's Women." Three subjects, Laura, Maggie, and Girl, are included as full page illustrations bound into their respective plays. Signed, unbound prints of Blanche, Maxine, and Alma are loosely inserted in a special slip pocket. Illustrations printed from metal plates on a World War II-type roller press in Florence.
"This book is a wonderful way of keeping alive the craft of composing a book as a piece of art."
-James H. Billington, Librarian of Library of Congress.