PICASSO, Pablo. -- José 'Pepe' Delgado ILLO. La Tauromaquia. Barcelona: Editorial Gustavo Gili, 1959.
Oblong 2° (345 x 493mm). 26 aquatint plates by Picasso, original prospectus bound-in at rear. BINDING DESIGNED BY PAUL BONET IN 1968: blue crushed levant morocco, the covers with an overall design of a central irregular-shape made up from a star tool on an onlay of cream calf, surrounded by similarly shaped yellow, light-brown and orange onlays, with intersecting gilt fillets radiating from various points around the central shape, with, on the lower half of the covers, various cloud-like onlays of variously shaded red levant morocco, the flat spine with gilt fillets and the title onlaid in red levant morocco, dark-red calf turn-ins, inner hinges and edging to the endleaves, dark-red suede doublures and turn-ins, original wrappers (with dry-point by Picasso on upper cover) bound-in, g.e., blue levant half morocco calf-lined chemise, slip-case, signed Paul Bonet on front turn-in, and dated 1968 at the rear.
LIMITED EDITION OF 263 COPIES, this number 35 of 220 copies on papel Japón antiguo, signed in pencil by Picasso on limitation leaf. 'As early as 1927 Gili [the father of the eventual publisher] commissioned the Tauromaquia from Picasso, and by 1929 the artist had executed six etchings and engravings, which were proofed but not published. For thirty years the project lay uncompleted, and when the artist returned to it, he discarded the etchings and employed aquatint. In contrast to the heroic style of the early proofs, in the published plates Picasso has expressed the tension and movement of the bullring with remarkable economy of means, using abbreviated and generalised shapes': The Artist and the Book 244; Cramer 100.