MAILLOL, ARISTIDE. 1861-1944. VIRGIL (PUBLIUS VIRGILIUS MARO). 70-19 B.C. Les Georgiques.  Paris: Phillipe Gonin, 1937-1943 [1950]

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Lot 287
MAILLOL, ARISTIDE. 1861-1944.
VIRGIL (PUBLIUS VIRGILIUS MARO). 70-19 B.C.
Les Georgiques. Paris: Phillipe Gonin, 1937-1943 [1950]

US$ 1,500 - 2,500
£ 1,100 - 1,900
MAILLOL, ARISTIDE. 1861-1944.
VIRGIL (PUBLIUS VIRGILIUS MARO). 70-19 B.C. Les Georgiques. Paris: Phillipe Gonin, 1937-1943 [1950]
2 volumes. 4to (325 x 242 mm). 122 wood engraved plates by Maillol, on paper watermarked "Maillol/Gonin" produced for this edition, with additional suite of 10 proof engravings on chine with artist's "M" stamp, in paper folder labeled: "premiere etats s/chine." Publisher's printed wrappers, original vellum backed paper chemises, with 4 Maillol woodcuts to covers and endpapers of volume 2, original illustrated slipcases, decorated with 9 wood engraved illustrations by Maillol, tear to paper at foot of slipcase, volume 1.

MAILLOL'S GEORGIQUES, WITH ADDITIONAL SUITE OF PROOFS, number 714 of 750 copies of his final work. Publisher and friend Phillipe Gonin released a prospectus for the work in 1939, believing that Maillol would be finished within months. However, Maillol would not complete the final plate until 1944, just before his death, and Gonin would not complete the publication until 1950. "In 1908, returning from Greece with Kessler, Maillol stopped at Naples and Pompeii and executed a few drawings. Shortly thereafter he cut the first block for the Georgica and was able to save it from a fire in 1915 which destroyed his Montval studio. In the following years he made a few other cuts for this volume, which Kessler was unable to complete as a companion to the Eclogae [The Artist & the Book 172]. In 1937 Gonin urged Maillol to resume his work, and the last block was delivered to the publisher in September, 1944, shortly before the artist's death. Most of the cuts were executed by craftsmen after Maillol's drawings on the block, since at that time his eyes were not strong enough for the cutting" (The Artist and the Book 175).
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MAILLOL, ARISTIDE. 1861-1944. VIRGIL (PUBLIUS VIRGILIUS MARO). 70-19 B.C. Les Georgiques.  Paris: Phillipe Gonin, 1937-1943 [1950]
MAILLOL, ARISTIDE. 1861-1944. VIRGIL (PUBLIUS VIRGILIUS MARO). 70-19 B.C. Les Georgiques.  Paris: Phillipe Gonin, 1937-1943 [1950]
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