The Lady or the Tiger?

A young man stands alone in the arena, facing a pair of identical doors. Behind one is a lovely woman waiting to be his bride. Behind the other crouches a snarling tiger ready to devour him.

Which door does he open?

This is the central dilemma in Frank R. Stockton’s quirky fairy tale, which is presented in a new miniature edition from Rebecca Press. This publication marks the 36th year of the press.

The Lady or the Tiger? features full-color illustrations by Robert M. Place — world-renowned tarot scholar, lecturer, author, and designer/illustrator of beautiful and intriguing tarot decks. Created in the style of his tarot decks, these illustrations were done especially for the book.

This limited edition of 201 comprises: 150 regular books numbered 1-150; 26 lettered deluxe copies; and 25 out-of-series copies reserved for special use.

Two different print processes were used to produce the book. Text was printed letterpress directly from metal type. Full-color illustrations (including a fold-out) were digitally printed. 53pp. Size is 2-1/4″ x 2-7/8″.

Regular Edition

Bound in cloth specially designed and printed for this book. Endpapers are full color.  Wrap-around paper sleeve with pictorial label. Individually numbered. There are 2 versions: The “Tiger” edition (odd numbers) is bound in the dark cloth; the “Lady” copies (even numbers) are covered in the light cloth. I cannot guarantee which version you’ll get but will try to honor preference, subject to availability. Introductory Price: $118

Deluxe Edition

Bound in full black leather stamped in gold and silver. Blind-stamped leather doublures on both inside covers have “doors” that open. Edges are gilded and gauffered. Housed in a clamshell box with a custom, 3-d printed bronze medallion in a motif that appears in 2 illustrations (can you spot it?). A special folder contains a set of cards with the book illustrations: full color on one side, black and white line art (not presented in the book) on the other. An extra card shows 2 alternate illustrations: a different full-color drawing of The Lady and an earlier version of The Lovers. The deluxe edition is signed by the artist. Price: Please inquire.

[Photos of deluxe edition to come.]

To purchase, please email Rebecca Bingham at I accept payment by Pay Pal and will send an invoice.




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