An Imaginary Staging by William T. Wiley of Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
Illustrated with Fifty Color Prints by William T. Wiley
Arion Press, 2006, Signed Limited Edition, 230 of 300
Signed by William T. Wiley
Includes Trade Edition of En attendant / Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
MINT Condition – Still in the Publisher’s Original Packaging
This is a signed limited edition of “An Imaginary Staging by William T. Wiley of Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett” published by the Arion Press in 2006 with a limitation of 300 with this being number 230. From the publisher, "This book was published in 2006 in honor of the hundredth anniversary of the birth of Samuel Beckett. It is not the play Waiting for Godot. It is a book about the play: a critic’s appreciation, fifty colored prints inspired by the play, a synopsis of the drama, and an artist’s comments. There are two other prints, in black only: a frontispiece portrait of the playwright and an explosive tailpiece. The synopsis is only a guide. It can be read for relevance to the images or their irrelevance and irreverence. For Beckett’s words, read the script in his original French and/or in his English translation. For that purpose this artist book is accompanied by the bilingual hardcover trade edition published by Grove Press.
The book was designed by the publisher Andrew Hoyem, who also provided the Program Note that appears before the curtain rises on this staging-on-the-page and the synopsis of the play that runs in five-line segments beneath the Wiley prints.
The book measures 15 by 10 inches with 68 pages. The type is Century Expanded, in Monotype composition for 12 point, in hand composition for 18 point and larger sizes. The prints are made from photopolymer plates, three for each: the black line and the blue and yellow tints. The paper is mouldmade Hahnemühle linen. The binding and slipcase have blue cloth spines and yellow paper sides and labels, imprinted with titling and images by Wiley. The wordplay on the slipcase includes the palindrome “To Dog Godot” and is surrounded by a field of Irish potatoes.
The book is signed by William T. Wiley. Accompanying the book is the original prospectus.
The book and slipcase as well as the companion volume are in MINT condition still in the publisher’s original packaging.
A composite stock photograph of the book and one of Wiley’s illustrations as well as a double page spread of additional illustrations appear in the photo section of the listing.
About the Arion Press
Since its inception in 1974, the Arion Press has published 118 deluxe limited editions that are breathtaking in their scope and artistry. Combining notable literature illustrated with original artwork from prominent artists, Andrew Hoyem and his team at the Arion Press have carried on the tradition of the livre d’artiste in spectacular fashion. Michael Kimmelman of the New York Times put it best when he wrote, "The Arion Press produces some of the most beautiful limited-edition, hand printed books in the world."