New York: The Limited Editions Club, 1935. Large 4to (12 x 9½ inches). 382pp. 6 etchings and 20 reproductions of preliminary drawings by MATISSE, tipped in. Original gilt-stamped pictorial brown cloth from a design by LeRoy H. Appleton; printed slipcase. A fine copy, the slipcase with a few repairs and stains. Item #402913
FIRST ILLUSTRATED EDITION, LIMITED ISSUE, one of 1500 copies, signed by Henri Matisse on the limitation leaf; printed on Worthy paper and bound by George McKibben & Son. "One of the very few American livres de peintres issued before World War II. According to George Macy, who undertook this only American publication of Matisse's illustrations, he asked the artist how many etchings the latter could provide for five thousand dollars. The artist chose to take six subjects from Homer's Odyssey" (Riva Castleman, A Century of Artists Books, pp.35, 61). The American Livre de Peintre 32; The Artist and the Book 197; LEC Bibliography 71; Slocum & Cahoon A22.