(London: [Printed at the Chiswick Press for] Fanfrolico Press, 1929). 383 x 278 mm. (15 1/8 x 11"). xiv, , 59.  pp.Translated into English by Jack Lindsay. No. 151 OF 500 COPIES, signed by the publisher.
Publisher's blue half morocco over blue cloth boards, upper cover with vignette and title in silver, smooth spine with silver titling, top edge gilt, other edges untrimmed. In a fine modern blue cloth clamshell, black morocco label on back. With vignette on title page, headpieces, and four etched plates by Norman Lindsay. Ransom, p. 273. Thin, shallow three-inch indentation to front board, cloth a little yellowed at edges, gutter open at quire h, isolated thumb smudges, but an excellent copy, quite clean and bright internally, in a sound binding.
Printed in the last year of the Fanfrolico Press' operations, this volume harkens back to the first production of the press, and is printed uniformly with 1926's "Lysistrata," another Aristophanes play translated by press co-founder Jack Lindsay. Like that work, it is enhanced with erotically-charged etchings by Lindsay's father Norman, a controversial Australian artist. "Women in Parliament" is also a comedy of gender roles, in which the women of Athens take over the government, ban private wealth, and decree sexual freedom, with the proviso that the uglier members of both sexes be serviced first. Originally founded in Australia by Lindsay and John Kirtley in 1923, the press moved to London and continued in operation from 1926-30. According to DNB, Lindsay (1900-90) wrote six of its books, translated 10, "edited many, and hand-printed the last seven." Cave notes "Fanfrolico's deliberate adoption of the mode of the 16th century scholar-printers, who themselves edited the texts they published." (ST15816-54)
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