San Francisco: The Arion Press, 1997. Introduction by Arthur Danto. 2 volumes. 8vo (12 x 9 inches) text volume containing one photogravure and a tipped-in photographic plate. 67,  pp. Separate accordion-folded album (16 x 12 1/2 inches) containing 18 mounted photogravure prints, all by Jim Dine. Both laid into publisher's box with lead alloy inset bas-relief sculpture of the ape and cat cast at the foundry of M & H Type from mold made at the Walla Walla Foundry. Item #403911
LIMITED EDITION, number 68 of 75 copies signed by Dine from an edition of 226. “The artist Jim Dine had been inspired by a small porcelain figurine of a cat and monkey in human clothes. He enlarged and reinvented the couple for a major series of sculptures, paintings, and drawings. Friends of the artist and the publisher alerted them to a story by Henry James from 1873 that employed the same figurine for different ironic purposes. Dine photographed his clay maquette and bronzes, and publisher Andrew Hoyem arranged eighteen of the pictures as a narrative sequence, in which the romance of the two animals movingly evokes the human condition. The philosopher and art critic Arthur Danto wrote an essay on the James story and the Dine works. The book and the album of intaglio prints are enclosed in a box displaying a sculpture specially created by Dine for this edition” (Arion Press). The book The Madonna of the Future is designed by Hoyem and printed by letterpress. Offered directly from the personal archives of Jim Dine. .