Vathek: an Arabian tale
William Beckford. New York: Aldus Printers for] The Limited Editions Club, 1945.
William Beckford’s Arabian Nights-inspired fantasia was first published in 1786; this version is the translation by Herbert Grimsditch for the Nonesuch Press edition of 1929 and includes his same introduction.
The exotic illustrations in pink, yellow, and blue, and the glowing borders of pink designs against a sunny ground with a sky blue fillet framing the text, were all created andhand-illuminated in gold by Valenti Angelo. Hand-set in Garamond at the composing room of Kurt Volk and printed on Worthy paper under the supervision of A.G. Hoffman in New York, this is numbered copy 288 of 1500 and has beensigned by Angelo below the colophon.
Binding: Rust-colored morocco by Russell-Rutter Company, both covers elaborately gilt in the same design by Angelo, of a seated figure in Oriental dress surrounded by a floral cartouche within a foliate frame.