|Charles Ricketts, patterned paper for Bernard Shaw, Saint Joan (1924)|
The patterned paper on the boards (on a quarter linen binding) show a repetitive design of arms, printed in blue, and with a label printed in black, dark blue and green. Alternately, two rows of coats of arms are depicted. One row shows the coat of arms of Saint Joan (32x32 mm): two French lilies (fleurs-de-lis) in an azure field; a sword with hilt and guard in the middle. At the top should have been a crown, but Ricketts deleted that detail. The other row shows three French lilies in an azure field (the coat of arms of the French king Charles VII). This coat-of arms is slightly larger than that of Saint Joan, measuring 34 by 33 mm. In between the coat of arms crowns (again with lilies) fill up the space.
|Charles Ricketts, patterned paper for Bernard Shaw, Saint Joan (1924) [detail]|
The coats of arms are not all identical; there are small differences: for example, the curved leaves of the lilies are sometimes rounder, sometimes thicker.
|Charles Ricketts, cover design for Bernard Shaw, Saint Joan (1924) [detail]|
|Charles Ricketts, dust wrapper design for Bernard Shaw, Saint Joan (1924) [detail]|
On the dust wrapper Saint Joan hangs (as it were) crucified above the pyre. The pattern of her dress shows the French lilies again.
|Charles Ricketts, dust wrapper design for |
Bernard Shaw, Saint Joan (1924) [detail]