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    One-of-a-Kind Artist's Proof Edition

    [Cheloniidae Press]. Pierre Louÿs. Leda, or, In Praise of the Blessings of Darkness. [Easthampton]: Cheloniidae Press, 1985.

    Artist's proof edition, signed by artist Alan James Robinson and Sarah Creighton, the binder, on the colophon page. The proof edition features an interpretive fine binding crafted in full alum tawed pigskin by Sarah Creighton at the Wide Awake Garage. The front cover has an inset bas relief paper casting taken from an original wax sculpture by Alan James Robinson. Includes a typed note signed by Robinson stating this copy is unique, as all wood engravings have been water colored and the binding is one-of-a-kind. State proofs of the etchings and wood engravings accompany a drawing and an extra suite of prints, all of which are signed by Robinson, laid into a matching cloth chemise. Quarto. Unpaginated. Illustrated with five dry point etchings and seven wood engravings by Alan James Robinson. Translation for this Cheloniidae Press edition from Comtes Antiques, Paris editions du bois sacrè, 1929, by David Ball, Professor of French and Comparative Literature at Smith College. The wood engravings were printed by Harold McGrath, and the dry points were printed by the artist at the Cheloniidae Press. The type was set by Mackenzie-Harris, San Francisco. This book was designed by Alan James Robinson and Arthur Larson.

    Full light forest green alum tawed pigskin binding by Sarah Creighton, with dark green and white inset of bas relief paper casting to front cover. White endpapers. Book and chemise containing prints are housed together in a modified light blue cloth fall back box with light forest green leather spine with title stamped in gilt. Fine.

    The erotic mythical tale of Leda and the swan as told by Pierre Louÿs, one of the fin de siècle's most notorious writers of decadent and sensual poetry and prose, in a stunning fine art binding.


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