January 12, 2017
Accompanying this set, exceptionally, are TWO LARGE AND STUNNING ORIGINAL GOUACHES: "Songe d'Innocent III" / "Dream of Innocent III" and "En présence de l'évêque d'Assise, François se dépouille de ses richesses" / "In the Presence of the Bishop of Assissi, St. Francis Strips Himself of His Worldly Riches".
Both of these gouaches are reproduced in the book (on a much smaller scale) as double-page plates (vol. I, between pp. 16 and 17; vol. II, between pp. 80 and 81).
Gouache and india ink on fine wove paper. Each painting measures 50 x 65.2 cm. (Three times the size of the double-page plates that reproduce them.)
The artwork used in this publication is especially interesting as there is a section in each volume where the artist himself comments on each of the works used. The artist's commentaries on these specific works appear in volume I, p 261; and volume II, p. 232.
THESE TWO GOUACHES, aside from depicting two of the most important scenes from the book, ARE AMONG EDY-LEGRAND'S TRULY OUTSTANDING ILLUSTRATIONS. BEAUTIFULLY BOUND IN FULL BLACK MOROCCO BY ENGEL. SURELY THE BEST POSSIBLE SET of an important work by one of the great book artists--even one of the great artists--of the 20th century. Paris: Tradition du Livre, 1964.
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