Later today, the Boston Virtual Book Fair will go live. Regular customers will already have received a copy of my fair list, to get a sneak peek at what I shall be showing. I thought this week on the blog I’d write about one of those books.
Published in Budapest in 1922, this is a copy of the first edition of Ferenc Molnár’s Heavenly and Earthly Love, a dramatic study by the great Hungarian playwright of the love of a mother and daughter for the same young man; the title is taken from Titian’s Amor Sacro e Amor Profano. An English translation, by the American poet Edna St Vincent Millay, appeared in New York in 1929.
It is one of 500 numbered copies, signed by both the author and the illustrator, József Rippl-Rónai (1861–1927), who has produced some wonderful illustrations:
And if that weren’t enough, take a look at the patterned silk endpapers:
I hope you can make it to the fair.