London: Ernest Benn Limited, 1923. Item #04096
The Charles Ricketts' Players Shakespeare Edition of Macbeth
In the Original Deluxe Binding by Zaehnsdorf
SHAKESPEARE HEAD PRESS. SHAKESPEARE, William. Shakespeare's The Tragedie of Macbeth. Printed from the Folio of 1623. London: Ernest Benn Limited, 1923.
Limited to 106 copies (of which this is no. 97) printed on Batchelor's Kelmscott hand made paper and signed by the author of the introduction Harley Granville-Barker, the art-editor Albert Rutherston, and the artist Charles Ricketts.
Large quarto (12 3/4 x 9 1/4 inches; 324 x 235 mm.). lix, 84  pp. Illustrated with twelve color plates by Charles Ricketts, reproduced in collotype. Title printed in red and black. One of the "Player's Shakespeare" Editions by The Shakespeare Head Press.
Publisher's full dark green oasis morocco, ruled in blind and decoratively tooled in gilt, by Zaehnsdorf (stamp-signed in gilt on front turn-in and with the Zaehnsdorf gilt 'exhibition' stamp on rear paste-down. Spine with five raised bands, decoratively tooled and lettered in gilt in compartments, blind-ruled turn-ins, top edge gilt, others uncut. Small area at top of front joint expertly and invisibly repaired. A fine example.
Charles de Sousy Ricketts RA (1866-1931) was a versatile English artist, illustrator, author and printer, and is best known for his work as book designer and typographer from 1896 to 1904 with the Vale Press, and his work in the theatre as a set and costume designer. Ricketts was born in Geneva to a French mother and an English father. He grew up mainly in France and Italy. He began his studies in art at the City and Guilds Technical Art School in Lambeth, in 1882, after both his parents had died. At the Art School he met Charles Shannon (1863-1937), painter and lithographer, who would be his lifelong partner in both his artistic and personal life. On the advice of Pierre Puvis de Chavannes, they settled in England rather than abroad. Ricketts became a celebrated and sought-after designer for the stage. "Mr Ricketts is infallible in his ideas on costume" observed The Times. Plays on which he worked included Oscar Wilde's Salome (1906), Laurence Binyon's Attila (1907), King Lear (1909), Bernard Shaw's The Dark Lady (1910), Arnold Bennett's Judith (1916), Shaw's Annajanska, the Bolshevik Empress (1918), Maurice Maeterlinck's The Betrothal (1920), Shaw's Saint Joan (1924), and Macbeth (1926).