Prométhée.Paris : Henri Jonquières, P. A. Nicaise., 1950-51 Stock Code: 135517
Henry Moore's first illustrated bookFirst and limited edition of Moore's first lithographic portfolio, this copy marked "H.C." (hors de commerce) and initialled by the publisher P. A. Nicaise, perhaps one of the copies réservées à des collaborateurs (reserved for collaborators); the edition was limited to 183 copies on vélin de chiffon à la forme des Papeteries du Marais.
"During a visit to Paris in 1949 Moore met French typographer and publisher Henri Jonquières, who suggested an illustrated book based on Goethe's Prometheus, an adaptation of Prometheus Bound by Aeschylus. Moore made a total of eight lithographs for Prométhée, along with the cover, title page and letters to start each act. His sketchbooks contain numerous notes to remind him to work his ideas into sculptures in the future. As well as these direct connections there are also general similarities between the finished lithographs and his sculptural work, such as Openwork Head No 2 and Reclining Figure: Goujon" (Graham Spicer reviewing the exhibition Moore and Mythology Uncovered at the Henry Moore Foundation (2007), culture24.org, retrieved 14 September 2019
A beautifully produced edition, the letterpress printed at the l'Imprimerie Nationale de France, the lithographs under the supervision of Mourlot frères, whose celebrated studio was employed by artists such as Vlaminck, Utrillo, Braque, Bonnard, Rouault, Miró and Picasso.
Folio. Original wrappers with illustration by Moore, loose sheets as issued, untrimmed. With glassine jacket and housed in the publisher's buff paper solander box, titles and cover design by Moore printed in red.
With 16 colour lithographs by Moore, comprising 8 full-page illustrations, 3 initials, 3 culs-de-lampe, and the title; letterpress titling and initial letters printed in grey or bisque.
Small tear to bottom of front wrapper, box with a little superficial wear. An excellent copy in the original glassine jacket.
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