New York: The Heritage Press, [1962]. Hardcover. New version by Gilbert Seldes. Illustrations by Pablo Picasso. Small 4to. Brown cloth spine with gilt lettering and cream decorated paper over boards, slipcase. 117pp. Line drawings. Near fine/very good. Slightest bit of slipcase wear. Item #48387

Tight, handsome later trade edition of the celebrated 1934 Limited Editions Club edition (one of their most desireable and expensive, signed by Picasso). The fifth century B.C. Greek comedy regards a woman's attempt to end the Peloponnesian War. Interestingly, 1961 saw the Broadway debut of "The Happiest Girl in the World," a musical comedy based on "Lysistrata" and perhaps cause for reissue of the 1934 LEC edition. This version starred Janice Rule (1931-2003) as the virginal goddess Diana -- and tipped to front flyleaf of this copy is a fine, heavy stock 5" X 3" card boldly signed by her (with "to Richard") in blue ballpoint, dated by her 10 June 1971 at upper right. Laid in is the perfect bookmark: Rule's original transmittal envelope.

Price: $75.00

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