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Torquato Tasso. Ein Schauspiel von Goethe

Doves Press. Goethe, J. W. von

Hammersmith. Doves Press. 1913
The Doves Press edition Goethe's 'Torquato Tasso' on vellum with gilt initials supplied by Graily Hewitt.

From the edition limited to 227 copies, with this one of 12 on vellum with gilt initials by Graily Hewitt; 15 additional copies were printed on vellum (with printed initials) as well as the 200 on paper.

Goethe's verse drama 'Torquato Tasso' (written during the 1780s and completed in 1790) takes as its subject the final descent into madness of Tasso (1540 - 1595), author of the epic poem 'La Gerusalemme Liberata' (first published in 1581).

The Doves binding for the present copy, signed as usual to the rear turn-in by Cobden-Sanderson 'THE DOVES BINDERY / 19 C-S 13', has been repaired: the hinges have been reinforced and the spine repaired, particularly at the head and foot.

[Tidcombe DP31; Tomkinson 34].
[92 leaves including blanks; pp. 163, (i)]. 8vo. (236 x 172 mm). Title, half-title in red with two gilt initials by Hewitt, leaf with 'Personen' and 'Erster' to 'Fuenfter Aufzug' of Goethe's drama with 5 further decorative gilt initials by Hewitt, final leaf with justification verso; printed text in German in red and black throughout, side-notes, headline, act and scene details and characters in red with 7 four- and three-line initials by Graily Hewitt in gilt. Original pumpkin morocco by Cobden-Sanderson at the Doves Bindery with gilt signature to rear pastedown as usual, boards with gilt border to surround smaller gilt tooled rectangles, banded spine ruled in gilt with gilt title in six compartments, turn-ins ruled in gilt, a.e.g., later matching morocco-edged cloth slipcase.

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