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    Limited to 1,500 Numbered Copies, Signed by Henri Matisse

    James 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 number 271 of 1,500 numbered copies signed by the artist, Henri Matisse. 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. Bookplate on front pastedown, along with the previous owner's small private library shelf sticker. The Same previous owner's ink initials dated "Hollywood, Cal, 1937" to the top fore-edge corners of both pastedown endpapers, and an additional private library ink stamp to the rear pastedown endpaper. Spine only very slightly dulled and rubbed, with a couple minuscule abrasions, else an absolutely fine copy, with the gilt stamping on the front cover medallion especially bright. In the publisher's printed cardboard slipcase with light soiling and wear around the edges.

    The Artist & the Book
    197. LEC bibliography 71. Slocum and Cahoon A22.


    More Information:

    "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 and the Book).



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