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James, Henry; Mariette Lydis, illus. The turn of the screw. Los Angeles: Printed for the members of the Limited Editions Club at the Plantin Press, 1949. 8vo (29.4 cm, 11.57"). xii, , 145,  pp.; 12 plts. $75.00
First edition of the Limited Editions Club production of James's "sinister romance," a psychologically tense ghost story that has served as source material for numerous adaptations in formats including radio, film, opera, ballet, and television. The novella appears here in a volume designed by Saul Marks, typeset in Bembo by Lillian Marks, and printed by the two at the Plantin Press, with an introduction by Carl Van Doren and => twelve suitably spooky "gravure-brown" illustrations by Mariette Lydis.
This is numbered copy 1157 of 1500 printed, with the appropriate LEC newsletter laid in; unlike many LEC editions, this one was issued unsigned, as => the mysterious artist had vanished into parts unknown by the time of publication!
Bibliography of the Fine Books Published by the Limited Editions Club, 199. Publisher's tan buckram, front cover and spine stamped in brown and gilt; spine showing a little rubbing and darkening. Slipcase lacking. A solid, pleasing copy. (41183) Please RESHELVE This.
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