- Washington, DC: David Bruce Smith, 2004 (2012).
- cloth, hand bound and loosely inserted in custom made leather clamshell case
- variously paginated
Price: $3,000.00 other currencies
Order Nr. 110148
First edition and one of 750 numbered copies. The original run was for 1,500 numbered copies, however in 2012 the decision was made to only bind 750 copies with the new and improved leather clamshell box as opposed to the previous faux-suede clamshell box and faux-suede cloth chamise. 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.