[ King, Ron ] Shakespeare, William. Antony & Cleopatra. Guildford: Circle Press Publications. 1979.
This edition of Shakespeare’s Antony & Cleopatra features Ron King’s vibrantly colored artwork. The book begins with an introduction to the play by Keith Please entitled “The Elusive Absolute.” The text of the play itself is annotated with marginalia printed in blue ink and in the artist’s own handwriting.
The volume includes numerous silkscreen illustrations throughout the text a few of which feature collaged elements, such as a small rope collaged under a kite design and a print torn in half and collaged onto another illustration. Also included are a few of the mask-like illustrations for which King is known. For example, the hors texte screenprint that appears after the introduction is a portrait of Cleopatra which is titled, numbered, and signed by the artist.
Printed on rag-made 250gsm Velin Cuve Rives Blanc, this book is loose-as-issued with a paper wrapper. The book is protected by a portfolio case that features a kite-shaped relief design that acts as a closure. The text is 10 pt. Baskerville, set with the assistance of Walter Taylor. John Coleman assisted in the press-work. The case was designed and made at The Dorset Bookbinding Co. by Paul Haskell.
Antony & Cleopatra was published in an edition of 300 copies with 5 copies hors commerce, 40 artist’s proofs and 10 copies marked Circle Press held for presentation.
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