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Private Press, Illustrated Books and Modern First Editions

Wednesday 30th January 2019: 10:30am GMT

Joyce & matisse

Lot 146

Joyce (James) Ulysses, one of only 250 copies signed by both the author and artist, 6 etchings by Matisse, New York, Limited Editions Club, 1935.

 

Estimate: £6,000 - 8,000

Hammer Price: £7,000

Full Lot Details

Joyce (James) Ulysses, one of only 250 copies signed by both the author and the artist, from an edition limited to 1500 copies, 6 soft-ground etchings by Henri Matisse with preliminary drawings reproduced on blue and yellow paper, later half green morocco, by Bayntun-Rivière of Bath, spine gilt, t.e.g., others uncut, very slight fading to spine, [Artist & the Book 197], 4to, New York, Limited Editions Club, 1935.

⁂ Collaboration between two of the greatest artists of the 20th century in their respective fields, the writer Joyce and the artist Matisse. However, despite being sent a French translation of Joyce's great work Matisse confessed that he had not read it and produced 6 etchings depicting the Calypso, Aeolus, Cyclops, Nausicaa, Circe, and Ithaca episodes from Homer's Odyssey. This edition has an introduction by Stuart Gilbert who had revised the edition published by the Odyssey Press in 1932 at Joyce's request and which is generally considered the most authoritative text of Ulysses.

Full Lot Details

Joyce (James) Ulysses, one of only 250 copies signed by both the author and the artist, from an edition limited to 1500 copies, 6 soft-ground etchings by Henri Matisse with preliminary drawings reproduced on blue and yellow paper, later half green morocco, by Bayntun-Rivière of Bath, spine gilt, t.e.g., others uncut, very slight fading to spine, [Artist & the Book 197], 4to, New York, Limited Editions Club, 1935.

⁂ Collaboration between two of the greatest artists of the 20th century in their respective fields, the writer Joyce and the artist Matisse. However, despite being sent a French translation of Joyce's great work Matisse confessed that he had not read it and produced 6 etchings depicting the Calypso, Aeolus, Cyclops, Nausicaa, Circe, and Ithaca episodes from Homer's Odyssey. This edition has an introduction by Stuart Gilbert who had revised the edition published by the Odyssey Press in 1932 at Joyce's request and which is generally considered the most authoritative text of Ulysses.