Leda or In Praise of the Blessings of Darkness. Translated by David Ball from the original text. Illustrated by Alan James Robinson. Pierre Cheloniidae Press. Louys.
Leda or In Praise of the Blessings of Darkness. Translated by David Ball from the original text. Illustrated by Alan James Robinson.

Leda or In Praise of the Blessings of Darkness. Translated by David Ball from the original text. Illustrated by Alan James Robinson.

Easthampton, MA: Cheloniidae Press, 1985. State proof edition, copy #1 of 15 deluxe copies with designer binding by Daniel Kelm, with original drawing, three extra suites, all on Saunders hot press watercolor paper, the etchings on hand-made Gampi Torinoko paper, one of 15 copies from a total of 75, each signed and numbered by the artist: 60 regular copies and 15 deluxe copies (this copy). Page size: 8 x 11 inches; 46pp. Illustrated with five drypoint etchings and seven wood engravings by Alan James Robinson each signed and numbered. The type was set by Mackenzie-Harris and printed by Dan Keleher at Wild Carrot Letterpress; wood engravings printed by Harold McGrath and the drypoints printed by Alan James Robinson. The book was designed by Alan James Robinson and Arthur Larson. Bound by Daniel Kelm: full white alum-tawed pigskin, the front panel with inset bas relief paper casting, in white against blue paper ground with darker blue border, taken from an original wax sculpture by Alan James Robinson; torso of nude Leda with swan between her legs; housed in custom-made tan cloth clamshell box with blue paper linings, three -part fold out with inset in one to accommodate bas relief on binding cover, signed by Daniel Kelm on the colophon of the book.
The clamshell box also houses the original drawing by Robinson of the swan and Leda, 5 state proof etchings, 13 proofs of the wood engravings, and an extra suite of the 5 etchings and 7 wood engravings, as well as a copy of the original prospectus. Box has some soiling at edges, book and extra suites are fine. Item #10675

Price: $2,800.00

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