PICASSO AND THE HUMAN COMEDY: A SUITE OF 180 DRAWINGS, Verve 29/30 - 1954 [Complete, DJ]


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Picasso and the Human Comedy: A Suite of 180 Drawings

November 28, 1953 - February 3, 1954

preface by Tériade

essay by Michel Leiris

appreciation by Rebecca West

New York:  Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1954 

Hardback is overall in VERY GOOD condition, with a GOOD DJ under Mylar.

  • Covers in red and blue have illustration and signature label. 
  • Boards show some bumping to foot edge, edgewear.  Corners are scuffed.  See photos.  
  • Spine has decorated label; 1" piece at head is loose, held in place by invisible tape; ends are bumped.  See photos.
  • Binding is secure.  
  • Pastedowns and feps show some rippling at inner corner.  See photos. 
  • Illustrations are bright and clear, cover sheets are uniformly tanned; a little foxing on last two color plates.  See photos. 
  • Interior exhibits some marginal toning.  Inside pages are free of writing and intentional marks. 
  • Original DJ is nicely preserved behind Mylar and is backed with archival paper.
  • DJ has some edgewear, chipped corners, bumping along foot edge and tiny closed tears, long closed tear at back cover head, 1" chip at spine head.  See photos.  
  • PS2024.0530

Unpaginated. 10.5 x 14 inches

A very good copy, with original dust jacket, of the first edition of the English language issue of the special double issue of Verve 29/30 dedicated to Picasso.  Illustrated throughout and complete with 12 original color lithographs.

This volume captures a moment in the late career of Pablo Picasso (1881-1973), presenting the drawings he made over two and a half months in the order he drew them, and reproducing them in actual size.

Volume includes prefatory essays.

Typography and heliogravure by master printers Draeger Frères; color lithography printed by Mourlot Frères.  

Please see photos. More photos available upon request.

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