Black Sun Alice Illustrated by Marie Laurencin

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119. DODGSON, Charles Lutwidge. Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll Illustrated with Six Coloured Lithographs by Marie Laurencin. Paris: The Black Sun Press, Rue Cardinale, 1930. [6], 1-114, [2] pp., 6 original color lithograph plates by Marie Laurencin printed by Desjobert of Paris. Oblong small 4to (24.5 x 29.2 cm), original art vellum wrappers printed in red and black, in original glassine wrapper, publisher’s chemise and slipcase with silver trim. Small portion of glassine slightly browned and wrinkled at upper left, spine of chemise slightly chipped, slipcase with slight edge wear and professionally reinforced. Text and plates very fine, tissue guards present.

     Limited edition (#298 of 350 copies on Rives paper for distribution in the United States). From a total edition of 790 copies, 350 copies for Europe, and 420 for the United States, of which 350 were on Rives paper, 50 on Japanese vellum, and 20 on Hollande Vangelder. Minkoff A39. Monod 2304. This elegant rendering of the classic Alice is from The Black Sun Press, founded by American expatriates, the poet Harry Crosby and his wife Caresse. In this work we see a specifically feminine aesthetic by use of pastel colors and curvilinear forms, which are characteristic of French artist Marie Laurencin (1895-1906). Some critics attribute her creation of a visual vocabulary of femininity as a response to what some consider to be the arrogant masculinity of Cubism. Her circle included Georges Braque, Picasso, and Guillaume Apollinaire.


Sold. Hammer: $750.00; Price Realized: $918.75.

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