Signed by Both Joyce and MatisseJames Joyce. Henri Matisse, illustrator. Ulysses. With an introduction by Stuart Gilbert and illustrations by Henri Matisse. New York: The Limited Editions Club, 1935. The first illustrated edition of Ulysses, and one of only 250 copies signed by both Joyce and Matisse (this copy numbered 1,437, from a total edition of 1,500 copies). Quarto. 363 pages. Twenty-six plates, consisting of six soft-ground etchings, printed by hand, and twenty lithographic drawings, made as studies for the etchings, printed on thin colored papers. Original brown buckram embossed in gold on front cover and spine from a design by LeRoy H. Appleton. Top edge sprinkled brown, others uncut. Minimal light rubbing to binding, spine gilt somewhat dulled, hinges tender. A very good copy, with the gilt on the front cover medallion bright. Housed in the publisher's cardboard slipcase with light soiling, a darkened spine, and some wear and abrading. The Artist & the Book 197. LEC bibliography 71. Slocum and Cahoon A22.
"One of the very few American livres de peintres issued before World War II. According to George Macy, who undertook this only American publication of Matisse's illustrations, he asked the artist how many etchings the latter could provide for five thousand dollars. The artist chose to take six subjects from Homer's Odyssey. The preparatory drawings reproduced with the soft-ground etchings (Matisse's only use of this medium) record the evolution of the figures from vigorous sketches to closely knit, if less spontaneous, compositions." (The Artist & the Book).
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