New York: Limited Editions Club, 1935. First Illustrated Edition. Hardcover. Full brown buckram with a gold embossed design on the front cover and repeated on the spine. Large square octavo, 9" x 11-1/2", with 420 pages. Introduction by Stuart Gilbert and illustrations by Henri Matisse including twenty reproductions of drawings and SIX ORIGINAL ETCHINGS printed by hand, being the earliest and one of the few instances by Matisse to represent physical agony and violence. The lithographic reproductions of preliminary drawings printed on blue and yellow paper provide an interesting glimpse into Matisse's artistic process. Copy #924 of 1500 SIGNED in pencil by the artist. In addition this is one of about only 250 copies SIGNED in ink by the author as well. Uncommon Monthly Letter, which discusses this publication and addresses the reason for the small number of copies signed by the author, laid in. Minor browning to the gutters, contents clean. Spine gilt dull but quite bright on the front cover, minor rubbing to extremities. Near Fine in a complete but broken slipcase. Item #020907

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