(Loading cargo onto the raft) rare working proof for "Robinson Crusoe" by Edward Gordon Craig

(Loading cargo onto the raft) rare working proof for Robinson Crusoe by Edward Gordon Craig

(Loading cargo onto the raft) rare working proof for "Robinson Crusoe"

Edward Gordon Craig

Title

(Loading cargo onto the raft) rare working proof for "Robinson Crusoe"

 
Artist
Year
1927  
Technique
blockprint printed in a reddish/black ink 
Image Size
6 7/16 x 4 9/16" image size 
Signature
pencil signed lower right 
Edition Size
Proofs only 
Annotations
pencil dated lower right 
Reference
 
Paper
fine laid tissue 
State
proof 
Publisher
unpublished by Cranach Press 
Inventory ID
13967 
Price
$850.00 
Description
Craig agreed to illustrate "Robinson Crusoe" in the late 1920's for Count Kessler, to be published by the Cranach Press. Because of the Count's health problems and Craig's slow production the project was abandoned in 1930. Craig revived interest in the project in 1938 and began to work again on the plates but WWII put an end to this creative burst and only a few more designs had been completed. After that he lost interest and the project was left uncompleted. A posthumous edition was printed by his son, published by the Basilisk Press in 1979. Lifetime proofs are extremely rare.