New York: The Limited Editions Club, . Balthus. Limited Edition. Leather. No. 177 of 300, folio size, 208 pp., signed by Balthus, with LEC Monthly Letter. Fine. Item #CNJL1155
"What could they have in common--Count Balthazar Klossowski de Rola and Mistress Emily Bronte--the Paris-born modern artist who has filled scores of canvases with paintings of pubescent female nudes, and the mid-nineteenth-century British spinster who seems never to have left the Yorkshire moors. But that was precisely the incredible connection. For in his youth the Count--better known as Balthus--had visited and been enchanted by those Yorkshire moors. And haunted by that wild landscape, at the age of 25 he made a series of drawings based on Emily Bronte's gripping novel. The drawings, whose incisive linear quality has been described by Jean Leymarie, Balthus' biographer and critic, as 'lit up with something of the book's flame and storm-flashes, have a place apart in his work and have provided the inspiration for several of his paintings'. . .
Published in 1847, "Wuthering Heights" was the only novel written by Emily Bronte, who lived from 1818 to 1848. The adjective "wuthering", in Yorkshire dialect, refers to the turbulent weather, and of course to the turbulent atmosphere that permeates the book" (n. b., from LEC Newsletter). There could be no better way to read "Wuthering Heights" than this: the type, binding, and illustrations are all chosen with loving care, coming together in simple, balanced harmony.
___DESCRIPTION: Original binding by John von Isakovics at Jovonis Studio, full grey-green goatskin with title stamped in dark-brown on the front board, fifteen full-page inlaid lithographs on Japanese paper throughout; Monotype Dante type, specially made off-white mould-made Arches paper, folio size (12.75" by 16.5"), pagination: [i-viii] 1-208 [209-210] [1 colophon], one of 300 copies, this number 177, signed by Balthus on the colophon. With the Limited Editions Club Monthly Newsletter laid in. Housed in a clamshell box covered in beige cloth, lined in velvet and with tan leather spine label with brown lettering.
___CONDITION: This copy is fine, like new, with clean boards, straight corners without rubbing, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, the interior is clean and bright, and entirely free of prior owner markings. The LEC Monthly Letter is fine, clean, without wear. The clamshell box is also fine, strong and sturdy, clean, without wear.
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