Greenbrae, California: The Allen Press, 1984. Forgeois, Michèle. Limited Edition. Softcover. One of 140 copies, quarto size, 49 pp., with prospectus. Fine. Item #CNBR119
The stories of Jonah, Judith, and Ruth have inspired numerous works of art and literature, and have been rendered in lovely editions such as this work from the Allen Press. The Press's fiftieth limited edition, it features illustrations by Michèle Forgeois (1929-2000), who was an official artist of the French government specialising in sculpture; her illustrations are reminiscent of sculptural pieces, with sensuous shapes that create dynamic emotion, forming characters of great courage and spirituality.
This volume showcases the Allen Press's skill and attention to detail, with running heads based on language characters used by ancient Israelite tribes: Sumerian, Jacobite, and Hebrew; the work is a celebration of these cherished characters and stories.
___DESCRIPTION: Brown paper wraps with unsewn signatures laid inside, gilt lettering on the front wrap, fore- and bottom edges uncut, title page in orange and brown, colour running decorations at the head of each page of text, three black-and-white illustrations by Michèle Forgeois at the beginning of each chapter; Romanée and Solemnis types, handmade papers, quarto size (11" by 7"), pagination: [1-10] 11-49, one of 140 copies, unnumbered. With the prospectus, one leaf 10" by 7", with orange and brown text. Housed in a clamshell box covered in orange cloth, with gilt lettering on the front board and purple cloth lining.
___CONDITION: Volume is fine, with clean wraps, the corners straight and unrubbed, the interior clean and bright, and free of prior owner markings. The prospectus is near fine also, clean and without wear, with the original mailing fold and a partial, shallow horizontal crease. The clamshell box is fine, strong and sturdy, clean, without only a slight spot of almost invisible wear to the front of the case.
___CITATION: Allen Press Bibliography no. 50.
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