The Caribbean Poetry of Derek Walcott [Poems of the Caribbean] & The Art of Romare Bearden

New York: (Limited Editions Club), (1983). Bearden, Romare. Limited Edition. Hardcover. No. 351 of 2000 copies, folio size, 231 pp., signed by Derek Walcott and Romare Bearden, with LEC Monthly Letter. Fine. Item #171031128

Derek Walcott (b. 1930), although trained as a painter, turned to writing as a young man, having his first published poem in a newspaper at the age of fourteen. He was recognised as a major poet in 1962 and in 1992 was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature; the Nobel committee spoke of his work as "a poetic oeuvre of great luminosity, sustained by a historical vision, the outcome of a multicultural commitment."

Walcott's writing is wonderfully paired with the colourful art of Romare Bearden (1911-1988), an artist and writer who created eight original lithographs for this work, with 250 copies of each lithograph being produced (plus some additional); Bearden also designed the binding material for the book.

___DESCRIPTION: Full pictorial cloth designed by Romare Bearden, featuring a painting of the sea, hills, and bright Caribbean sun, full-page colour lithographs by Bearden throughout, some as double-page spreads; type Monotype Bembo, folio size (12.25" by 9.75), pagination: [i-viii] ix-xix [1-4] 5-211 [1 colophon], one of 2000 copies, this number 351, signed by Derek Walcott and Romare Bearden on the colophon. With the LEC Monthly Letter, one sheet folded once, with a horizontal crease for mailing. The separate lithograph is of hillsides and sky, in green, blue, yellows and gold, measures just under 12" tall by just over 9.25" wide, number 105 of 275. Housed in a slipcase covered with pale lavendar laid paper, with silver lettering on the spine.

___CONDITION: Volume is fine, with a strong, square text block, solid hinges, perfectly straight corners with no rubbing, the interior is clean and bright, and entirely free of prior owner markings. The LEC Monthly Letter is near fine, clean, without wear, with two other shallow horizontal creases. The lithograph is fine, clean with bright colours, without wear. The slipcase is near fine, strong and sturdy, clean overall with very light stray soil marks, without edge wear, and spine is lightly sunned.

___CITATION: LEC Bibliography 1929-1985, no. 533.

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Price: $500.00