[Octon, France]: Verdigris Press, 2016. One of 10 regular copies, from a total edition of 20 copies, all 20 on Hahnemuhle paper for the mezzotints and Rives BFK for the text. Page size: 15 x 13-3/4 inches; plate size: 7-3/4 inches square; 20pp. + colophon and titlepage, dedication by the author and frontispiece. Bound: loose as issued housed in custom-made green paper over boards slipcase by Mark Lintott; paper label on spine with title and author and artist's names. The front panel has paper that is an original silkscreen of apples in a darker green than the light green base. This design is repeated on the frontis with the apples in light green on the light grey of the Rives BFK. Fruits included are: pear cactus, zucchini blossom, pomegranate, almond, watermelon, star fruit, pattypan squash, Japanese persimmon, durian, and bitter cucumber. Marie Rouanet's graceful essays on the unusual fruits depicted herein are intellectually playful, as befitting the double entendre title. Mark Lintott has printed the text in Vendome romain on a 1934 Vandercook press in light grey, with the page numbers debossed in blind on the bottom of the text pages. The colophon is shaped - an apple with the title, LES FRUITS DEFENDUS, as the apple's stem. Both the author, Marie Rouanet, and the artist have signed the colophon page.
Ms. Rothchild's mezzotints of these fruits are mysterious - dark and velvety - and beautifully intriguing. This subtle book is exceptionally well-thought out and works admirably as a whole. Item #11261