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THE MONSIGNOR FRANCIS J. WEBER COLLECTION OF BERNHARDT WALL

A.1.22. Tantalus

ADDISON, Joseph. Tantalus...from The Spectator, First Printed June 13th 1711. New Preston, 1925. 22 etchings, including etcher's slip. Various colored inks. 20.5 x 18 cm. (8-2/8 x 7 inches), wove paper. Original hand-bound red and black cloth over goldenrod mottled paper-covered boards. Presentation copy: "Inscribed with my very best wishes to Theodore Ford Kuper July 5, 1930, Bernhardt Wall."

     Limited edition (#13 of 150 signed copies). On one of the etchings, Wall states: "The substance of the story is taken from a little book intituled 'Academic Galante.'" The satirical plates accompany a philosophical discussion of Plato's theory regarding libidinous lifestyles, and the tantalizing outcome for the soul after death. 70000008

Plate list:

This Book is Etched Printed & Bound by Bernhardt Wall Personally [tipped-in slip]. Dark green. 1 x 8.5 cm.

TANTALUS" ADDISON EDITION—150 COPIES COPY NO... [limitation leaf]. Sienna. Signed. 5 x 8 cm.

TANTALUS... [title]. Slate blue. 12.5 x 7.5 cm.

JOSEPH ADDISON drawn after Sir Godfrey Kneller [half-length portrait]. Umber. 12 x 10 cm.

Copyright 1926 BERNHARDT WALL [illustrated copyright notice]. Yellow. 5 x 8 cm.

ETCHER'S NOTE While still a small boy, it was my delight... [text]. Brown. 12.5 x 10 cm.

PLATO | Wall '25 [bust portrait]. Charcoal. 12.5 x 10 cm.

"TANTALUS"—Magnus sine viribus ignis Incassum furit... [text]. Green. 12.5 x 10 cm.

[Ghost kneeling in moonlit cemetery] [illustration]. Midnight blue. 12.5 x 10 cm.

2 ers strength by age, at the same time... [text]. Green. 12.5 x 10 cm.

[Tantalus attempting to drink] [illustration]. Midnight blue. 12.5 x 10 cm.

3 grafts upon it his opinion of ghosts... [text]. Green. 12.5 x 10 cm.

[Man wrapped in cloth by two women] [illustration]. Brown. 12.5 x 10 cm.

4 They lie below on golden beds display'd... [text]. Lilac. 12.5 x 10 cm.

[Man being carried away in a wheelbarrow] [illustration]. Umber. 12.5 x 10 cm.

5 ing my passion to them... [text]. Sienna. 12.5 x 10 cm.

[Man in bed watching two women undress] [illustration]. Green. 12.5 x 10 cm.

6 me to be carried to one of their houses, and put to bed... [text]. Pale blue. 13 x 10 cm.

[Man in bed being teased by two women] [illustration]. Green. 13 x 10 cm.

7 what became of me the next morning. Why truly my bed-fellows... [text]. Yellow. 13 x 10 cm.

[Man in bed, old woman standing] [illustration]. Black. 13 x 10 cm.

BERNHARDT WALL ETCHER OF BOOKS [printer's illustrated device]. Lilac. 8 x 5.5 cm.

 

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