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
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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