[Octon, France]: Verdigris, 2005. Rothchild, Judith. Limited Edition. Stiff wraps. Number 4 of 10 de luxe copies (total edition 50), oblong octavo size,  pp., signed by the author and artist. Fine. Item #CNJL1266
James Sacre (b. 1939), former professor at Smith College, now residing in Montpellier, is a French poet, much of whose writing is concerned with literalism, which rejects the poetic convention of lyricism. He wrote this series of poems in response to fellow French artist Judith Rothchild's four mezzotints. The four images can be viewed in sequence when folded out and displayed in a semicircle, or read in page spreads, side by side with the poems - the work builds on each other as in these lines: "ç'est visible que chacun / ressemble a ceux d'a cote / par un detail de forme ou bien / l'idee qu'il donne d'un lien", the mezzotints are so rich they look like they would feel like velvet to the touch; this work is a joy to behold, on so many levels.
___DESCRIPTION: Original black wrappers with serigraph print by Rothchild, concertina or "leporello" style, wrappers stamped with title and two rows of squares in black, marbled black and gray pastepaper guards and endpapers, four gravure mezzotints with tissue guards, text in French; handset in Vendome Romain and printed on an Albion Press, Hahnemuhle paper, oblong octavo size (7.5" by 8.5"),  pp., limited edition, this number 4 of 10 de luxe copies, from a total edition of 50, signed by the James Sacre and Judith Rothchild. Accompanied by a signed and numbered print, number IV of X, on the right-hand side of a single leaf, on the left-hand side a handwritten and signed poem by the author, also accompanied by the original etched copper plate used for one of the illustrations. All housed in a matching fall-down-back box, lined with matching marbled black and gray paper, covered with black paper, with black-on-black designs on the front, black-on-black lettering on the spine.
___CONDITION: Fine; crisp, clean, as new and free of prior owner markings; the case overall fine, a few light, stray markings which are barely visible.
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