PICASSO, Pablo Lysistrata. New York, The Limited Editions Club, 1934.
4to. Publisher's illustrated cream boards, title printed in cream on brown title label; outer and lower edges untrimmed; pp. 118; with 6 original etchings and 34 lithographs after drawings by Picasso; signed by Picasso to limitation page; light bruising and chipping to extremities; slight sunning to spine; bookplates to front paste-down; internally bright and clean, a very good copy lacking the dust wrapper.
Limited edition of 1500 copies, this being no. 58, signed by Picasso. Bookplates of Scottish Writer and literary agent Giles Alexander Esme Gordon, and David Levine. This edition was designed by George Macy andprinted on Rives paper for the publisher.
Lysistrata is Aristophanes's most famous satirical and comedic play on the absurdity of war, and is a critique of the political and social conditions of Ancient Greece. Picasso's illustrations are a fantastic accompaniment to Aristophanes's humour and sexual innuendos that are used to convey messages of peace and unity, to suggest that conflict resolution is better had through dialogue than through warfare.