HERMAN (JOSEF) CATULLUS. The Complete Poems, Translated by Jack Lindsay, 3 copies (3)
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CATULLUS. The Complete Poems, Translated by Jack Lindsay, 3 copies (3)
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CATULLUS
The Complete Poems. Translated by Jack Lindsay, 8 lithographed plates in blue and black, by Josef Herman, printed at the Curwen Press, THREE UNIQUE COPIES, the first, representing the special copies, with colophon annotated by Thomas Yoseloff "one copy only #1", in black morocco, with gilt cockerels on spine and front cover, preserved in clamshell box; the second, representing the ordinary issue, in quarter blue cloth, slipcase; and the third, a working copy, quarter brown cloth, marbled sides, folio, Golden Cockerel Press, 1981 (3)

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  • THE ONLY THREE COPIES OF THE LAST WORK PUBLISHED AT THE GOLDEN COCKEREL PRESS.

    "One other substantial quarto did come near to publication as late as 1981, two proof copies of which remain, one in full morocco, the other in quarter cloth. Yoseloff reprinted Jack Lindsay's translation of the poems of Catullus... Josef Herman was commissioned as illustrator, producing eight bold lithographs in black and blue. There were to have been 999 copies, of which one hundred specials were to have been bound in full morocco, with each lithograph signed by the artist" (David Chambers, The Golden Cockerel Press; the Final Chapter, The Private Library, 2004).

    The plates in the sole surviving special edition copy are unsigned; but included with the lot are three complete sets of the plates, all signed, and 19 overs, of which 6 are signed. Also included are two binding brasses, which "may have been designed by Herman" (Chambers, p.179) of a modern cockerel in cubist style facing both left and right. These were doubtless intended for the specials, but were never used in this or indeed any other Golden Cockerel Press edition. A recent proof of the right facing cockerel is included (see illustration).

    A careful search by the family turned up a third copy of the book, which is included here; but there are no others, and this lot provides the only possible opportunity to own the last Golden Cockerel publication.
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