[Guildford: Circle Press, 1972]. Quarto (29 x 19 cm). Ten loose folders or bifolia, laid into printed stiff card enclosure, the whole contained in a black perspex tray with clear lid. There is a 4cm hairline crack in one corner of the clear lid, otherwise a very fine copy. Item #WRCLIT75813
First edition. One of fifteen artist's proofs, signed by the poet and the artist, in addition to 175 numbered copies (according to the colophon) or 125 numbered copies (according to the press history). Acknowledged as one of the watershed works of the press, BLUEBEARD'S CASTLE was King's first venture into the pop-up format. Based on the opera by Bartok, the visual theme of the book is represented by nine pop-up constructions: the portcullis, the castle and seven secret chambers, with the verse incorporated into the design. The text was printed in Optima type and the internal graphics were silk screened throughout onto Hollingsworth paper. The pop-ups themselves incorporate various reflective materials, colored stocks and non-paper objects. COOKING THE BOOKS 27.