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William Kentridge, Frank Wedekind

The Lulu Plays

Arion Press



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Beautifully illustrated limited-edition copy of the original telling of the Lulu story by playwright Frank Wedekind, which inspired the silent cinema classic Pandora’s Box and the Alban Berg opera Lulu.

  • Frank Wedekind (German).
  • Illustrated by William Kentridge (South African).
  • San Francisco: Arion Press, 2015,
  • Limited edition of 400 copies signed by Kentridge, this being number 400.
  • 176 pages and printed by letterpress in black and red with the 67 illustrations bound into the book.
  • Housed in an illustrated slipcase.

The images were derived from brush and ink drawings for projections for Kentridge’s 2015 production of Alban Berg’s opera Lulu, which was based on the two Wedekind plays from the turn of the century, Earth Spirit and Pandora’s Box. Following its acclaimed run at the Metropolitan Opera, Kentridge’s production opened in London on November 9, 2016, at the English National Opera, and in Rome on May 17, 2017.

Since its inception in 1974, the Arion Press has published 118 deluxe limited editions that are breathtaking in their scope and artistry. Combining notable literature illustrated with original artwork from prominent artists, Andrew Hoyem and his team at the Arion Press have carried on the tradition of the livre d’artiste in spectacular fashion. Michael Kimmelman of The New York Times put it best when he wrote, "The Arion Press produces some of the most beautiful limited-edition, hand-printed books in the world."

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In publisher’s original packaging.


Height: 13.5 inches / 34.29 cm
Width: 10 inches / 25.4 cm






Plays, Fine bindings, Illustrated

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