Arthur Miller & Leonard Baskin Signed Ltd. Ed. Death of a Salesman
Limited edition hardcover copy (366/1500) of Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman: Certain Private Conversations in Two Acts and A Requiem (New York: Limited Editions Club, 1984), pencil-signed on one of the back endpapers by both the playwright Arthur Miller (1915-2005) as "Arthur Miller," and the printmaker Leonard Baskin (1922-2000) as "Baskin." Accompanied by a December 1984 newsletter issued by the publisher, The Limited Editions Club (Number 540, Series 47, Vol. 7). Apparently unread and in pristine condition. Expected weathering to the slipcase. Quarto. 8.25" x 10.75" x 1.25".
This 166pp limited edition printing features five original etchings by Leonard Baskin printed directly off the plate by Bruce Chandler at the Heron Press. The book was printed at Wild Carrot Press (Hadley, MA) on fine rag paper made by Cartiere Entico Hagnani (Pescia, Italy) and later hand-assembled. Bound in Nigerian goatskin covers hand-tooled and stamped in 22KT gold, and housed within a custom Gray Parrot clamshell case.
Arthur Miller originally published Death of a Salesman -- which many critics believe is one of the most important English-language plays of the twentieth century -- in 1949. This limited edition illustrated book release coincided with a revival of interest in Miller's play. A Tony Award-winning production of Death of a Salesman was performed 185 times at New York's Broadhurst Theater, with Dustin Hoffman playing Willy Loman, in 1984. The same year, a made-for-TV movie adaption with the same Broadway cast appeared on CBS, attracting an estimated 25 million viewers.
Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman was published two years after his breakthrough play All My Sons (1947). Death of a Salesman won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and a Tony Award in 1949. Miller followed up this success with The Crucible, which attracted the attention of the House Un-American Activities Committee.
Leonard Baskin's sculpture, drawings, and prints are exhibited in museums around the world. The Museum of Modern Art in New York City owns a copy of this book, complete with Baskin's original etchings, in its collection.
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