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Grapes. 1999.

Judith Rothchild

* 1950 in Boston

The poem Grapes by D. H. Lawrence, accompanied by eight original chine collé mezzotints by Judith Rothchild, was published on Lanagravure paper. The format is that of a leporello - a single folded sheet - with the long mezzotints winding through the verses like the tendrils of the vines. Written when he was in exile in Italy, Lawrence has endowed the grapevine with mythical properties - although the poem is as much his view on the prohibition of alcohol in the States at the time. Signed by the artist. Edition of 50. Size: 19.5 x 27.5 cm.


The wrappers, in Somerset Black Velvet paper, the slipcases, and the boxes have been hand screen printed by the artist. The text hand-set in Vendôme Romain was printed on an 1867 Albion press by Mark Lintott. The boxes and slipcases are by Claude Vallin.


The deluxe edition of 10 copies, numbered 1/50 to 10/50, is presented in clamshell boxes and includes an extra original mezzotint printed exclusively for this edition. The regular edition of 40 copies (11/50 to 50/50) is presented in slipcases. The copies numbered 11 to 44 are presented in slipcases. Numbers 45/50 to 49/50 are hors commerce. Number 50/50 is reserved for the Bibliothèque Nationale de France.


Public collections:
Bibliothèque Nationale de Luxembourg (deluxe edition),
Fondation Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon (deluxe edition),
B. M. Dijon (deluxe edition),
Bibliothèque de Monaco,
University of Indiana,
Smith College, Ma., USA.,
B. M. Auxerre,
B. M. Angers,
B. M. Chambery,
B. M. Metz,
B. M. Angers,
B. M. Montpellier,
Bibliothèque Nationale de France.


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