By Edward Gordon Craig
Florence   Arena Goldoni
9.5" by 6.5"; 11" by 8" [1], 2-94; [1], 96-192; [1], 2-92; [1], 94-184;[1], 186-268; [1], 282-372; [5], 48-86; [5], 134-180pp
The first editions of eight issues of the first international theatre journal, 'The Mask'm fro the library of the puppet theatre master John M. Blundall.
By Edward Gordon Craig

1912-27 The Mask a Quarterly Journal of the Art of the Theatre

Florence   Arena Goldoni
9.5" by 6.5"; 11" by 8" [1], 2-94; [1], 96-192; [1], 2-92; [1], 94-184;[1], 186-268; [1], 282-372; [5], 48-86; [5], 134-180pp
The first editions of eight issues of the first international theatre journal, 'The Mask'm fro the library of the puppet theatre master John M. Blundall.
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First Edition, Illustrated, Publishers' Original Binding

In eight volumes.

The first editions of these works.

This was the first international theatre magazine. The journal was published in seventy issues from 1908 to 1929, with a brief pause from 1915 to 1918.

Edited by Edward Gordon Craig, a modernist theatre practioner, and the son of the actress Ellen Terry. Craig used this journal to spread his theatrical ideals to the general public and to his peers.

This set contains;

Volume Five, Number One, July 1912. This is the large paper edition. In the original glassine wrap. Illustrated with nine engravings, and head and tail pieces. Collated, complete. This issue contains contributions by Ellen Tery, Oscar Wilde, Allen Carric, and more. Blind stamp to the tail of the first leaf, 'The Collection of John M. Blundall'.

Volume Five, Number Two, October 1912. Illustrated with a frontispiece, five plates, and in-text engravings. Collated, complete. This issue contains contributions from Gordon Craig, Anatole France, Oscar Wilde, and more. Slip tipped onto the reverse of the front wrap, titled 'Visitors to Florence', being a presentation card for the reader to be able to visit the publishing house in Florence. Prior owner's ink inscription to the head of the front wrap of October 1912, 'M. C. Lucius'. Blind stamp to the tail of the first leaf, 'The Collection of John M. Blundall'. Label to the recto to the first leaf, 'John M. Blundall, Puppet Theatre Director Designer. 171 Alumn Rock Roac, Brimingham 8, Warwickshire'.

Volume Six, Number One, July 1913. Illustrated with a frontispiece, and nine illustrations. Collated, complete. With contributions from Michele Scherillo, John Balance, Ernet Marriott, and more. Blind stamp to the rear wrap, and to the first leaf, 'The Collection of John M. Blundall'.

Volume Six, Number Two, October 1913. Illustrated with a frontispiece, and twelve illustrations, Collated, complete. With contributions from Felix Urban, John Semar, P. Ferrigni, and more. Blind stamp to the tail of the first leaf, and to the rear wrap, 'The Collection of John M. Blundall'.

Volume Six, Number Three, January 1914. Illustrated with a frontispiece, and eight illustrations. Collated, complete. With contributions by Felix Urban, Allen Carric, John Semar, and more. Blind stamp to the tail of the first leaf, and to the rear wrap, 'The Collection of John M. Blundall'.

Volume Six, Number Four, April 1914. Illustrated with a frontispiece, and five illustrations. Collated, complete. With contributions from D. Nevile Lees, Anatole France, Victor Hugo, and more. Blind stamp to the tail of the first leaf, and to the rear wrap, 'The Collection of John M. Blundall'.

Volume Twelve, Number Two, April ~ May ~ June 1927. Illustrated with a frontispiece, one folding plate, and four plates. Collated, complete. With contributions by John Brownsmith, Felix Urban, Edmund de Goncout, and more. Label to the recto of the first leaf, 'John M. Blundall, 474 Alum Rock Road, Birmingham 8, Warwickshire'. Blind stamp to the tail of the first leaf, 'The Collection of John M. Blundall'.

Volume Twelve, Number Four, October ~ November ~ December 1927. Illustrated with a frontispiece, eight plates, and in-text illustrations. Collated, complete. With contributions by Bruno Brunelli, Edward A. Carrick, Alfred Mortimer, and more. Label to the recto of the first leaf, 'John M. Blundall, 474 Alum Rock Road, Birmingham 8, Warwickshire'. Blind stamp to the tail of the first leaf, 'The Collection of John M. Blundall'.

John M. Blundall was an artistic director, and lover of puppet theatre.

Publisher's adverts to the rear endpapers and to the rear wraps.

Condition

In the original publisher's paper wraps. July 1912 in the original glassine wrap. Minor edgewear to the wraps. A little discolouration and a few light spots to the wraps. July 1912 glassine wrap with some edge wear. Small closed tears to the head and tail of the joints of October 1912, with a larger closed tear to the tail of the front joint, and evidence of tape being formerly adhered to the tail of the wraps and spine. Prior owner's ink inscription to the head of the front wrap of October 1912. July 1912 issue with loss to the head and tail of the spine, and a large closed tear to the rear wrap. Blind stamp to the rear wrap of July 1913. A small amount of lifting to the head and tail of the spine of October 1913 and April 1914. Textblock of January 1914 is coming away from the wrap a little but remains firm. Marks to the wraps of April 1914. Wraps of April-June 1927 are detached but present, with edgewear to the wraps. Wraps of October-December 1927 are detached but present with edgewear. Blind stamp to the rear wraps of July 1913, October 1913, January 1914, April 1914 Internally, firmly bound, though the bindings of April-June 1927 and October-December 1927 are broken in places, held by one cord only. Pages are bright and clean with the odd light mark. Blind stamp to the tail of the first leaf of the July 1912, October 1912, July 1913, October 1913, January 1914, April 1914, April-June 1927, and October-December 1927. Wear to the front endpaper of October-December 1927.

Good

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