The Tempest by William Shakespeare (1939-1940)
LEC #118/11th Series in 1939-1940
Artwork: Watercolors by Edward A. Wilson. Edited and amended by Herbert Farjeon.
Part of the LEC Shakespeare series.
LEC #897 of 1950. LEC exclusive.
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Front Binding – Let us return once more to the LEC Shakespeare series, with the last play I currently have in my collection, the fantastical comedy The Tempest. One of Shakespeare’s later plays in the canon, this one is a bit like Midsummer’s Night’s Dream in terms of featuring supernatural characters alongside its human cast, but this particular work goes more into the tragic side of things. It’s one I haven’t read or seen yet, so I should remedy that soon!
Edward A. Wilson was the illustrator for this play, and he did so quite wonderfully. This is perhaps his finest work thus far on the blog, but there are a couple contenders I have not covered yet. He was one of the most frequent artists called upon by the LEC (#2 overall for the LEC!) and Heritage Press, as this post covers. He studied under the legendary Howard Pyle, who was a masterful artist in his own right, and you can see some of that legacy here in The Tempest.
Design Notes – Bruce Rogers designed the LEC Shakespeare. A. Colish printed the text, while Wilson’s watercolors were printed via collotype in gray ink by Georges Duval, with two colors printed from lithographic stones by Fernand Mourlot. Watercolors were then applied by stencil by the atelier Beaufume.
Title Page – As with the entire set, Herbert Farjeon handled editing duties for the text.
Colophon – For the LEC Shakespeare, as we’ve discussed before, Macy upped the limitation count to 1950 from the usual 1500. This is from the 897th set.
Examples of Wilson’s watercolors (right click and open in new tab for full size):
Personal Notes – This is the final LEC Shakespeare I received from a very kind fan of the blog who had some duplicates and was generous enough to pass them along to me to cover. It’s taken a little over a year, but the set is finished at last and I am very thankful to have these in my collection.