([New York]: Limited Editions Club, 1994). 600 x 570 mm. (23 1/2 x 22 3/8").  pp. No. 67 OF 300 COPIES, SIGNED by the author and illustrator.
Tan morocco-backed linen, cover with paper label. In a linen clamshell box with paper label on spine. With three colored woodcuts designed by Balthus. Text in Spanish, English, and French. With prospectus laid in at rear. In mint condition.
This impressive production pairs a poem written for a major artist by a Nobel laureate with the illustrations that artist created in response. Mexican poet Octavio Paz (1914-98) and the Franco-Polish artist Balthus (1908-2001) were great friends, and both found inspiration in the medium of the other's creative expression. Balthus cited among his inspirations Emily Dickinson and Lewis Carroll, while Paz also dedicated poems to Miró, Duchamp, and Rauschenberg. In the citation for Paz's 1990 Nobel Prize for Literature, the Swedish Academy praised his ability "to incorporate, interpret, and reconstrue major existential questions--death, time, love, and reality," and here he describes light as "a wavering river that sketches its doubts and turns them to certainties"; "Light is time thinking about itself." In his illustrations, Balthus plays with light and color, creating images more impressionistic than his usual work. This work is a happy marriage of their gifts. (ST15816-10)
Add to Cart Price: $1,500.00
PJP Catalog: FinePress.027