Writing on the Body; Degas's Words about Drawing the Figure
San Francisco: Pacific Editions, printed at The Greenwood Press, 1999. Hobson, Charles. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Number 35 of 45 copies, quarto size,  pp., signed to each plate and to the colophon by Charles Hobson. Fine. Item #CNJL1259
Edgar Degas (1834-1917) has long been considered one of the greatest of the French impressionists, especially concerning the female body in movement which is given a masterful homage in this intriguing volume. Degas did many monotypes "and in many cases he applied pastel over the ghost version to create a finished piece."
Charles Hobson's own masterful pastel and photogravures of the female nude, having a self-proclaimed "lifelong influence" by Degas, are given a loving home beside Degas' words. The text was selected from letters and other material, his words are not only printed typographically on pages facing the plates but overlaid in Degas' actual handwriting to the copper images created by Hobson.
___DESCRIPTION: Original quarter rust-red cloth with Degas' handwriting in facsimile to the cloth in black, hand painted paper covered boards illustrated with a reproduction of a Degas drawing, all edges uncut, concertina binding, eight photogravures; BFK Rives paper, Meridien type, quarto size (11.5" by 7.75"), unpaginated  pp., limited edition of 45 copies, this number 35, signed to each plate and to the colophon by Charles Hobson. Housed in a matching cloth slipcase decorated with facsimiles of Degas' writing, a nib pen imprinted with the title is attached to the backstrip.
___CONDITION: Fine copy, like new, in fine slipcase.
___CITATION: "Experiments in Navigation" pp. 30-33.
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