London, South Kensington
7 June 2010
COCTEAU, Jean (1889-1963). Picasso de 1916 à 1961. Monaco: Éditions du Rocher, 1962. 2° (374 x 275mm). Half-title, printed reproduction title handwritten by Cocteau and Picasso, text in French, signed by the artist and author in pencil on the colophon. 23 lithographs by Picasso, 8 of which full-page and 2 double-page. (Very faint minimal spotting to 2 text leaves.) Original green and grey printed wrappers, upper cover with a lithograph by Picasso complete with a cut-out profile revealing the title, the whole enclosed in a black leather-backed portfolio, lettered in gilt to spine, with slipcase (extremities lightly rubbed).
FINE COPY OF THIS LIMITED EDITION, number 80 of the 199 copies printed on Rives rag paper. 'On the occasion of Picasso's 80th birthday, Pierre Bertrand, who was Cocteau's publisher, assembled eleven of the poet's texts which reflected his friendship for Picasso. The latter illustrated these texts with 24 lithographs, some which are drawn in a Cocteau-esque style' (Cramer). Bloch 1037-60; Cramer 117.
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