22 May 2001
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JOYCE, James (1882-1941). Ulysses. New York: The Limited Editions Club, 1935.
2o. 6 etchings and 20 reproductions of preliminary drawings by HENRI MATISSE. Original brown cloth, gilt-decorated on cover (spine lightly faded); later cloth folding case.
LIMITED EDITION, number 981 of 1500 copies, one of only 250 SIGNED BY BOTH JOYCE AND MATISSE. "One of the very few American livres de peintres issued before World War II. According to George Macy, who undertook this only American publication of Matisse's illustrations, he asked the artist how many etchings the latter could provide for five thousand dollars. The artist chose to take six subjects from Homer's Odyssey" (Riva Castleman, A Century of Artists Books, pp.35, 61. The American Livre de Peintre 32; The Artist and the Book 197.
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