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    One of 250 Copies Signed by Henri Matisse

    [Henri Matisse, illustrator]. Mariana Alcaforado. Letteres [Portugaises]. Paris: Tériade Éditeur, [1946]. First edition, one of 250 numbered copies (#231) on Vélin d'Arches signed by Matisse. Quarto. Approximately 10.5 x 8.75 inches. [123] pages. Fifteen full-page lithographs and five lithographed illustrated titles, with many intertextual illustrations. Bound in loose gatherings as issued. Full margins. Original lithographed portfolio wrappers, publisher's glassine jacket. Lacking slipcase. A few leaves with minor foxing, else fine.

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    The story runs that Mariana Alcaforado was a seventeenth-century nun who wrote these poems to a French Officer who she was in love with (hers was an unrequited romance); however these poems are by the Vicomte de Guilleragues (who had been thought of only as the translator). This book marked Matisse's first association with Tériade, and is a lovely and haunting work. Duthuit 15. Barr 560.

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