Pictures from Everyman, edited by Ernest Percival Rhys and published by J. M. Dent & Sons in 1930.

Everyman is a religious morality play from sixteenth century England. The text here looks the same as other versions I have found; whether that’s because they derive from this one or because I didn’t look carefully enough I can’t say, but I am not reproducing it here because the edits that Ernest Rhys made are still under copyright, I think.

Ernest P. Rhys was an English writer born in 1859 in London, possibly of Welsh parents; he was raised in Wales. He’s best known today for editing the Everyman’s Library imprint of 1,000 books, as well as editing poetry and mythology, especially Celtic.

The engravings in this book are out of copyright because the artist, Thomas Derrick (1885 – 1954) had already died when the 1957 UK Copyright Act came into force, so the fifty years after death clause was in effect for this publication, and copyright therefore expired at the end of 2004.

[picture: Angel Messenger]

Angel Messenger

The angel messenger announces the start of the play “Everyman” with raised hand and sword. He wears an ankle-length cloak fastened with a broach around his neck and a belt above his waist, has wings almost as long, plain [...] [more...] [$]

[picture: The Angel of Death]

The Angel of Death

The angel of death is black; he wears a hood and in one skeletal hand holds a long sword. He has wings like the angel of light but they are black wings, not white wings. His face is that of a skull or mask. His feet are bare both of shoes and of flesh. [more...] [$]

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