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The Beggar's Opera

Illustrated by Mariette Lydis (Austrian, 1890–1970), Author John Gay (English, 1685–1732), Publisher The Limited Editions Club, New York, Printer Mourlot frères, Paris, Printer Audin & Cie. (French, 20th century)

Place of Publication: New York, New York, USA


Overall: 34.9 x 25 x 2.3 cm (13 3/4 x 9 13/16 x 7/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Illustrated book with 15 lithographs

Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings


Illustrated books

([New York] The Limited Editions Club, 1937) Folio; [11 ff.] pp. 27-121 [1 f.], plus 15 plates; original publisher’s gilt-stamped blue cloth, light tan board slipcase.

Literary illustrations.

[New York] The Limited Editions Club, 1937


Graphite below colophon: "Mariette Lydis"


1937, sold by Weyhe Gallery, New York, to the MFA for $15. (Accession Date: August 12, 1937)

Credit Line

Harriet Otis Cruft Fund