New Haven, CT: Wequetequock Cove Editions, 2015. Artist's book, one of 25 copies only, all on Arches, all signed on the colophon by the author, Lionel Ray, the artist, Julius Baltazar, and Joshua Watsky, the translator and publisher. Page size: 10 x 10 x .5 inches; 42pp; including endsheets and colophon. Each of the five poems appears on a triple-fold sheet - the title in French and English on the first page with the number boldly set in the middle, opening to the French verse separated from the English of Joshua Watsky by the art of Baltazar, the final page of the spread always painted a stormy, sobering grey. Housed in custom-made black cloth over boards clamshell box with label printed in black on spine. Baltazar's palette (India ink and Harlequin pencil) is surprisingly bold - violet, orange, both highlighted with blue, hot pink, and raspberry with black, while the words are somber reflection on the passage of time as reflected through the natural world. A most beautiful book - the words forming delicate patterns as does the lace of the title and the inventive designs created by Baltazar. Lionel Rey (Robert Lorho), born in 1935 in Mantes-la-Jolie, is a French poet (1995 winner of the Goncourt Prize for Poetry) and essayist who is known for his collaborations with artists. The translator, Joshua Watsky, is the publisher of Wequetequock Cove Editions. This first edition of LACE SHROUDED IN TIME was hand-set in Garamond 18 and printed letterpress by Francois Huin.
Julius Baltazar (1949-) is a noted French painter and printmaker, who has worked with major poets and writers to create livres d'artistes of the highest quality. In the early part of his career, he was championed by Dali and the resulting influence of surrealism can be seen in his work where words and image create images of haunting beauty. Joshua Watsky, American teacher, translator and poet, is the publisher as well as translator of this livre d'artiste. Item #11095