Item #22062628 Following James McNeill Whistler; Etcher and Painter, 1834-1903. Bernhardt Wall.
Following James McNeill Whistler; Etcher and Painter, 1834-1903
Following James McNeill Whistler; Etcher and Painter, 1834-1903
Following James McNeill Whistler; Etcher and Painter, 1834-1903
Following James McNeill Whistler; Etcher and Painter, 1834-1903
Following James McNeill Whistler; Etcher and Painter, 1834-1903
Following James McNeill Whistler; Etcher and Painter, 1834-1903

Following James McNeill Whistler; Etcher and Painter, 1834-1903

Lime Rock, Conn. Bernhardt Wall, [1944]. First and Limited Edition. Hardcover. No. 4 of 103 copies, quarto size, with 64 etched pages. Near fine. Item #22062628

James Abbott McNeill Whistler (1834-1903) is highly regarded today as one of the world's greatest artists; this etched book pays homage to Whistler by presenting to the viewer "a chronological sequence of Whistler's career, together with places associated with his wife" (n.b., "Following Bernhardt Wall", p. 44).

Bernhardt T. Wall (1872-1956) utilized both etching and lithography for his artwork; he was unique at the time insofar as, for his etched books such as this, he not only drew the etchings but printed and bound them, thus being true artist books. His primary source of income was commercial work which would eventually bring him from New York, where he was born and studied, west to California where he became known for his etchings of Native Americans, cowboys, cities, and other subjects in the American West. While the subject of this book is Whistler, the etchings were actually executed in the Sierra Madre, and the book is dedicated by Wall "To Natalie Williams of Texas, in Whose Home Surrounded by Etchings & Books Our Inspiration Came To Do This Book".

This copy number four out of an edition of 103 copies (although the bibliography states 100 copies). A pencilled note at the verso of the rear free endpaper states "Fall 1954 / Mrs Wall" with what appears to be a bookseller's code (also in pencil) below, raising the possibility that a prior bookseller purchased this copy from Mrs. Wall herself.

A stunning production with the etchings inked in many different colours, including green, gray, aubergine, orange, brown, purple, yellow, black, and red. As of this writing, we see only one other copy available in the online marketplace; our search of OCLC locates five copies.

___DESCRIPTION: Thick cardboard covers with quarter grey cloth, the front cover with a deeply impressed etching by Wall with the title and Whistler's signature monogram (a butterfly), grey endpapers, the first etching a quote by Wall ("We Mortals are Ever Interested in the Immortals"), the second etching being the limitation statement being signed by Wall in black ink over the plate, followed by the etched limitation page (signed in ink by Wall), then the etched title, etc.; every page is etched, both text and illustrations, in various colours as noted above; quarto size (10 5/8" by 10 1/8"), unpaginated.

___CONDITION: The interior fine, the binding only very good, thus near fine overall: the interior pages are clean and bright and completely free of prior owner markings, the text block is strong and square with solid hinges, the binding clean other than a few light, stray marks, however, with overall wear to the board edges and to the cloth also along the edges, and light sunning to the side of the front board; the sole markings we see the pencilled notes on the verso of the rear free endpaper as noted above.

___CITATION: "Following Bernhardt Wall", p. 44, which gives 1944 as the date of publication. Note that the bibliograpy states there are sixty-two etchings in the book; our count of the etchings (including all etchings, even printer's device at rear) comes to 66 etchings total, with 52 of them being signed in pencil below the plate by Wall.

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Price: $2,000.00

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