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Lot 590

Lithograph Book, The Last Works of Matisse 1950-1954, Verve

Estimate: $800 - $900

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Henri Matisse's (French, 1869-1954) The Last Works of Matisse 1950-1954, book of color lithograph plates consisting of lithographs from Verve no. 35/36 (Summer 1958), some double, triple, and quadruple-paged, along with heliogravures of related drawings plus text by Pierre Reverdy and Georges Duthuit. Published by Harcourt, Brace and Company, New York, 1958, with lithographs printed by Mourlot Freres and heliogravure in black and white by Draeger Freres. With 37 of the original 40 color lithographs, missing three Nus Bleus prints. 14 1/4" H x 10 1/2" W x 1" D.


Color plates in overall good condition, with minor toning to most edges. Book is missing spine and dust jacket and gatherings are detached. Boards with abrasions, staining, and losses. With marginal pencil inscriptions to Vegetaux and Fluers de Neige, along with fingerprints, and to Nuit de Noel. Minor, primarily marginal foxing to several prints, especially one Nus Bleus lithograph. Minor dampstaining to gutter or margins of some heliogravure pages, primarily outside of images. Other pages with negligible to minor soiling and handling wear.

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