San Francisco: The Arion Press, 1990. Diebenkorn, Richard. Limited Edition. Hardcover. No. 155 of 400 copies, octavo size, 198 pp., signed by the Richard Diebenkorn. Fine. Item #CNJL597
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939) was both an Irish poet and ardent nationalist; he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1923, shortly after Ireland gained independence. Helen Vendler says of Yeats in her insightful introduction that he was "one of the most gifted, driven, and complex figures of twentieth-century art and politics". With six etchings by Richard Diebenkorn (1922-1993), abstract artist and winner of the National Medal of Arts in 1991; for this volume he "took the Yeatsian theme of an empty coat on a hanger to produce a series of prints transforming the garment from a representational frock-coat into an abstracted suit-bag. The sixth etching is a double map of Ireland, indicative of that divided country" (from web site of Arion Press).
___DESCRIPTION: Quarter bound in red goatskin with gilt lettering on the spine, boards covered in evergreen cloth, limitation statement at the front with artist's signature in pencil, this no. 155 of 400 copies for sale, title page in red and black, poem titles in red; quarto size (approximately 10.25" tall), pagination: (i)-xxv being the preliminary pages and the introduction, (1)-171, blank (172), colophon (173); limited edition of 400 copies, plus 26 NFS, this no. 155, signed by Richard Diebenkorn on the limitation statement at the front of the book. The slipcase is covered on the top, bottom and spine with matching green cloth, paper spine label with gilt lettering, sides covered in red paper.
___CONDITION: Fine; clean, crisp, as new. Slipcase is near fine with a couple of very light marks on the lower corner of one side.
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