New York / London: Blue Moon Books / John Calder (1988), 1988. le Brocquy, Louis. 1st and Limited Edition. Hardcover. No. XII of XV HC copies, folio size, 40 pp., signed by Samuel Beckett and Louis le Brocquy. Fine. Item #CNJL050
First published appearance of Beckett's last prose work. Per the book's colophon, a total of 226 copies were published, 200 numbered and 26 lettered A-Z; this volume designated as XII of XV HC (hors d' commerce), with the initials "BR", for publisher, Barney Rosset, and is signed by both Becket and le Brocquy.
Samuel Beckett (1906-1989) needs no introduction, this prose piece reflects the "compactness" characteristic of his later work. The artist, Louis le Brocquy (1916-2012), a friend of Beckett's, was one of the few artists whose work commanded prices in excess of GBP 1 million during his lifetime, and was honoured as the first and only painter to be included during his lifetime in the Permanent Irish Collection of the National Gallery of Ireland.
___DESCRIPTION: Quarter bound in parchment with a natural linen and cotton cloth binding, stamped on the front board with a motif by le Brocquy in eighteen carat gold, text in Monotype Garamond 156 and printed by lithography on Velin de Rives deckle edged paper. The illustrations consist of one original lithographic image in two tones of Samuel Beckett and eight original lithographic drawings in black ink, printed by Pierre Chave at his Atelier in Vence, France. First and limited edition which was to consist of 226 copies (200 numbered and 26 lettered), apparently an additional XV HC copies were produced, this being no. XII, signed by both author and artist on signature page following the colophon. 13.25" tall, unpaginated with 20 leaves (excluding full-page illustration pages). Slipcase bound in matching natural linen/cotton cloth.
___CONDITION: Fine, the covers clean, the corners straight and unrubbed, the binding tight with solid hinges, the interior clean and bright, and free of prior owner markings; in a like slipcase.
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