Florades - Fizzles

Florades - Fizzles
Florades - Fizzles
Florades - Fizzles
Florades - Fizzles
Florades - Fizzles

Jaspers Johns / Samuel Beckett.  Together with supplementary etchings brochure, (Signed). UK/USA: London and New York: Petersburg Press, 1976. First Edition. 34.5 x 26.5cm with original cardboard mailing carton (40.5 x 32.5cm). Bilingual French and English. 32 pages, Chinese folded double leaves (including covers). In original oat cloth-covered drop back case with colour lithographic inner pastedowns and ribbon. Signed and numbered limited edition of 250, signed in pencil by Jasper Johns and Samuel Beckett. A groundbreaking collaborative artists book printed on handmade paper from the Richard de Bas paper mill in Auvergne, France, with 33 etchings, aquatints with lithographic colour endpapers. The book famously suffered some offsetting during the production process, with the printer quoted to have been surprised at the slow drying time of the inks - this spectacular copy has its original Japanese paper tissue guards interleaved, originally introduced in some copies to minimise offsetting between pages, yet despite this there is minor evidence of offsetting on some pages as is often seen across the print-run. One of the most significant artists' books of the 20th century. Also includes the rare 6pp saddle-stitched illustrated publicity brochure in French and English (21 x 16cm. Petersburg Press, 1976). A practically untouched copy from the collection of Alan Power, English collector of modern art. As new. Paperback in box. £22,500.00