The Playboy of the Western World. Illustrated by Sean Keating (1927)

Author: John M. Synge

Book ID: 67093

Price: 575.00

The Playboy of the Western World. A Comedy in Three Acts. With Ten Illustrations by John Keating, R.H.A. London: George Allen, 1927. Press Copy of Edition De Luxe, Pp, 112, uncut. Folio, publisher’s pictorial patterned paper boards. Publisher’s descriptive label pasted to front free endpaper.

Published in an edition of 1000 numbered copies .

A scarce Press Copy of this handsome production of Synge’s masterpiece with ten plates in colour by Keating, each with titled tissue-guards.

There is no evidence that Keating ever met John Millington Synge, but in 1917 the artist exhibited a painting in the RHA titled The Outlandish Lovers, which was inspired by The Playboy of the Western World. Synge’s nephew, known as ‘Hutchie’, approached Keating in 1922 with a commission to paint twelve illustrations for a proposed deluxe volume. In the event, ten of the twelve images were published. The full set of paintings was to have been ready in 1926, but a delay on Keating’s part meant that the book was finally published as a numbered series of one thousand copies in 1927.

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