MATISSE, HENRI. 1869-1954. JOYCE, JAMES. 1882-1941. Ulysses.  New York: Limited Editions Club, 1935.

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MATISSE, HENRI. 1869-1954.
JOYCE, JAMES. 1882-1941.
Ulysses. New York: Limited Editions Club, 1935.

Sold for US$ 3,825 inc. premium
MATISSE, HENRI. 1869-1954.
JOYCE, JAMES. 1882-1941. Ulysses. New York: Limited Editions Club, 1935.
4to (298 x 230 mm). 6 softground etched plates, with 20 illustrations of preliminary sketches for the etchings on variously sized blue and yellow paper, all by Matisse. Publisher's cloth stamped with abstract time-piece design including Matisse's Nausicaa embossed in gold on the front cover, spine decorated in gilt, clean, hinges started, publisher's slipcase, reinforced at upper and lower panels, custom morocco backed folding box.
Provenance: Paul and Ruth Bishop (bookplate to pastedown).

A FINE COLLABORATION BETWEEN TWO OF THE GREAT LITERARY AND ARTISTIC FIGURES OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY, number 1449 of 1500 copies signed by Matisse, and a masterpiece of 20th-century book design and illustration. Curiously, Matisse based his drawings on Homer's Odyssey, leading to speculation he never read the book he was supposed to illustrate. Reportedly, Joyce was so incensed that he stopped signing the edition, making the copies signed by both exceedingly rare. However, it's likely that the story is apocryphal, as the contract Joyce signed was to sign 250 copies, all that his poor eyesight would allow him to manage. The Artist and the Book 197. Slocum & Cahoon 22.
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MATISSE, HENRI. 1869-1954. JOYCE, JAMES. 1882-1941. Ulysses.  New York: Limited Editions Club, 1935.
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