Ballad of Reading Gaol- La Ballade De La Geole De Reading. Paris: (Raymond Gid) Montanthiaume, 1980. Publisher's plain white card folder, with text & illustrations loosely bound-in. 'C.3.3' printed to upper cover. Separate title-pages in both English and French. Cover lightly dust soiled, contents in fine condition. One of 200 numbered copies, Signed by Raymond Gid. Housed in collector's solander box.
A beautiful typographic edition of this text translated, illustrated and printed by Raymond Gid. The layout with large French text adjacent a much smaller English font, with six lithographs in a black & white abstract medium. Gid was a French graphic designer who specialized in posters and typography. He started working as early as the 1930s, but his most prominent work was done in the 1960s and 70s. His book typography, as in this case, was often very experimental.