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A Streetcar Named Desire, Signed Limited Edition, Binding by Richard Tuttle



A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams

Illustrated and Signed by Al Hirschfeld

Unique Binding by Richard Tuttle

Signed Limited Edition Published by The Limited Edition Club in 1982

FINE Condition

Binding Details:  As with all of Richard Tuttle’s pieces, this is a one of a kind binding that captures the spirit of the book and returns us to a time when books were beautiful to display as well as read. In a world of mediocrity and mass produced books, he believes important literary works are special and should be treasured and passed on to future generations.

The book has been rebound by Richard Tuttle with deer skin over boards with wood and brass railroad tracks as well as plastic coated playing cards and signs on the front and back cover. The motif is based on the original name of the play “The Poker Night. The front and rear endpapers and pastedowns are made of patterned paper. Richard Tuttle’s symbol signature along with the binding date appear on the half title page. The binding was done in 2013.

The book measures approximately 12.5” x 7.5”

Book Details:  Published by the Limited Edition Club in 1982, this is the signed limited edition of “A Streetcar Named Desire” with a limitation of 2000 with this being number 1503. The book features 7 full page color illustrations by Al Hirschfeld who has signed and numbered the book on the limitation page. From the Publisher, “Like the fine actors who have created the roles on the stage, Hirschfeld’s drawings for Streetcar evoke the tensions, the surface appearance, the inner psyche of Stanley, Blanche, Stella, Mitch, and the other dramatis personae.” The internals are in FINE condition.

Artist Statement: Included with the book is a signed artist statement by Richard Tuttle on the making of “A Streetcar Named Desire”.

About the Artist: Richard Tuttle is a painter, writer, graphic designer, carpenter, bookbinder and lover of literature. For the past 20 years, he has combined his many interests to create one of a kind works of art that merge the written word with fine leather, paper, paint, wood and veneer. These original book bindings have been exhibited in numerous galleries and were featured in a PBS documentary on the Chicago Art beat. Richard describes his work as follows:  “I make literary artifacts. They are designed to pull books down off the shelf and display them in the salon, gallery or home as if they were works of art, which, of course, they are. Whether binding books with leather, paper, paint, wood, and found artifacts or building sculptures to encase the volumes, I seek to find a perspective that shouts out a piece of the essence of the literary work. I try to put myself in the author's or character's mind to say something about the time it was written in; the attitude that is explored and expressed; the magic that makes it a work of art. While I obviously respect and admire the books I work on, the humor, wit and raw energy I find so attractive in their works leads me to places that some might call disrespectful, but are, for me, essential parts of these literary works. Motivated by Marcel Duchamp's attempts to elevate the object into art and William Blake's efforts to remake his world and James Joyce's efforts to include all culture and all action in one whole: Motivated by the ongoing conversation of Jazz musicians between its earliest practitioners and its most avante garde practitioners: Motivated by the great world library of "what we are" as extolled by Jorge Luis Borges: Motivated by the desire to live in a world that is conscious of itself and conscious of its ability to create itself: I create these art objects out of books in order be surrounded by a physical environment that reflects the world of ideas I want to live in.”

Condition Report: The binding is in FINE condition.

Photographs of the book and the signature/limitation page appear in the photo section of the listing.