Blake, Peter (Artist) & Thomas, Dylan (Author). DYLAN THOMAS UNDER MILK WOOD: IMAGES BY PETER BLAKE. London, England: Enitharmon Editions, 2013. Softcover. First Edition/First Printing. 175 pages. Fine.

Artist Book. One of Peter Blake's finest achievements. The First Edition. Published in a small and limited first print run of 2500 copies as a softcover original only on the occasion of Dylan Thomas' birth centenary in 2014. The First Edition is now scarce. A brilliant production by Peter Blake: Oversize-volume format. Pictorial softcovers with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Art by Peter Blake. The text of Dylan Thomas' "Under Milk Wood" is reproduced in its entirety. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated 170 gsm Arctic Volume FSC stock paper in the United Kingdom to the highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. Presents Peter Blake's Artist Book rendition of Dylan Thomas' "Under Milk Wood". Watercolors, collages, and drawings illustrating Dylan Thomas' exuberant 1953 play for voices. "He has been working sporadically on 'Under Milk Wood' for almost three decades. The project has become more urgent because we have just entered the centenary of Dylan Thomas' birth, and his show is the first official event. This methodical Englishman, with his repertoire of rock stars, boxers, and circus performers, is an unlikely but inspired candidate to conjure the world of Swansea's self-styled 'Rimbaud of Cwmdonkin Drive'. Thomas is the first superstar-poet, the man who took America by storm before his tragically early death at the age of 39 in 1953. Like Blake's artistic response, Thomas' 'Under Milk Wood' was itself a project with a long gestation period. Telling the surreal story of the lives, loves, and dreams of the inhabitants of the mythical Welsh seaside town of Llareggub (read it backwards), it had first appeared in identifiable form as 'Quite Early One Morning', a short story for the BBC in 1944. It went through various incarnations until its public staging in New York shortly before Thomas' death" (The Guardian). "Thomas is one of the great eccentric poets, and 'Under Milk Wood' is his masterpiece" (Peter Blake). An absolute "must-have" title for Peter Blake collectors. This copy is very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed in black ink-pen on the title page by Sir Peter Blake. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. This title is a contemporary art book classic. This is one of few such signed copies of the First Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Sir Peter Blake did NOT sign most copies of the book. There is NO American Edition. A rare signed copy thus. 107 color plates. One of the greatest British artists of our time. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER PETER BLAKE TITLE IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 1907587616. $200.00

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