Octon, France: Verdigris Press, 2006. Rothchild, Judith. Limited Edition. Folio. Number 9 of 30 copies, folio size, 21 pp., signed by Marie Rouanet and Judith Rothchild, all text in French. Fine. Item #CNJL976
Magie Blanche (White Magic) is a feast for the senses, an invitation to share twenty years of epicurean delight at the restaurant "Le Mimosa," in Languedoc, a place of tangible emotion, as translated in this book through a series of engravings and original texts. Judith Rothchild's eleven mezzotints elevate the subjects in their technical achievement. The sumptuous plates enclose, in circles or squares, the commonplace subjects: olives, cheese, langoustines, wine bottles, and mushrooms, frozen in velvety black shadow and dappled light.
The colophon calls this the "fruit of a collaboration between creators of diverse origins, sharing a deep love of Languedoc." Marie Rouanet's original French text is a poetic response to Rothchild's mezzotints, and to the soulful history of the restaurant created by Bridget and David Pugh.
___DESCRIPTION: Original loose leaves, unbound in the French style, in a fall-down-back box designed by Lisa Knoblauch with a silkscreen of green mimosa leaves on a yellow ground, and with a printed paper label to upper board and backstrip, 11 mezzotints on 10 full-page spreads, embossed mimosa leaf vignette to title-page, text in French; Vendome Romain type, Hahnemuhle paper, leaves are folio size (16" by 12"),  2-21 pp, first limited edition, this number 9 of 30 copies, signed by the author and illustrator to the colophon.
___CONDITION: A fine copy; like new, in a like case.