This book features the poetry of Yannis Ritsos (as translated into French by Jacques Lacarrière), an original color etching by celebrated painter Roberto Matta, and a stunning fine binding by Gérard Charrière. Ritsos, one of Greece’s greatest twentieth century poets and a frequently jailed left wing dissident, explores in this epic poem the theme of Greek identity.
The Charrière binding is black leather with distressed copper plates inlaid in the top and bottom boards. The front cover reflects the sun motif of the poem with a circular design made of inlaid pins and wax. The author’s name and the title are tooled in gold on the spine. The book is printed on deckled Arches paper, and the endpapers are made of reflective, gold-colored paper. The head of the book features a graphite edge.
A chemise with a spine in brick red leather and with black paper sides wraps around the binding. It is lined with gold-flecked red paper, and the spine is carbon tooled with the author’s name and the book’s title. The binding is further protected by a slipcase covered in marbled paper.
This book is one of 60 including Matta’s original etching, with a total edition size of 560. This volume is numbered 42 in blue ink at the colophon. The etching is numbered and signed by Matta and the binding is tooled with Charrière’s name in gold. This copy is unique in the binding by Charrière.
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