Henri Matisse.Paris: Raisons d'Être, 1952 Stock Code: 132731
NotesFirst edition thus, first printing, number 233 of 300 on vélin d'arches, from a total edition of 350, with the chemise and slipcase in unusually nice condition.
The friendship between the caricaturist and writer André Rouveyre (1879-1962) and the artist Henri Matisse (1869-1954) left a trail of art works and a correspondence of over 1 100 letters. They met at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Paris, in 1898. After losing touch for a while, the two friends later reunited and exchanged daily correspondence as they both lived in the South of France where they had fled the World Wars. The present work is an homage to their mutual friend the writer and poet Guillaume Apollinaire (1880-1918), who famously coined the term "calligram", being a contraction of "calligraphy" and "ideogram", that is, text written in a shape related to its contents rather than linearly.
Folio. Original illustrated wrappers, gatherings loose as issued. With the glassine. Housed in publisher's chemise and blue slipcase.
Aquatint frontispiece, 6 full page and 1 smaller lithographic portraits, decorative initials, wrappers and chemise by Henri Matisse.
Wrappers lightly toned, faint offsetting, chemise boards a little bowed and rubbed, some wear to slipcase extremities, rubbed, head and foot of fore edge just starting, a very good copy indeed.
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