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Beckford, William

Vathek … a new translation by Herbert B.Grimsditch. With ten illustrations by Marion V.Dorn.

(London), The Nonesuch Press 1929.

Reference: 13282
Price: £65 [convert currency]

Full Description

4to. (4) + 172 + (2)pp, 8 colour litho plates incl colour frontispiece, colour litho vignette on title leaf and colour litho headpiece on p.13. Publisher’s boards, with original publisher’s vellum spine and gilt stamped decoration on upper cover (slight wear to outer edges of boards, but a good copy, very fresh and clean). The Newport Public Libraries copy, with small circular library blind stamps at the foot of each plate but no other library markings of any kind. One of 1550 numbered copies (1050 for England, 500 for the USA). Millington p. 262.

This edition of Vathek provided a new translation into English from the French language version published in London in 1815, regarded by Beckford as providing the definitive edition of his text. Grimsditch’s translation has stood the test of time and has been utilised in subsequent editions (see those items). The illustrations in the present edition are by the American graphic artist and textile designer Marion Dorn (1896-1964), the long-term partner and briefly the wife of the graphic designer E.McKnight Kauffer.