THE BEGINNING AND THE END. Robinson Jeffers, artist, Eckhard Froeschlin.
THE BEGINNING AND THE END.
THE BEGINNING AND THE END.
THE BEGINNING AND THE END.

THE BEGINNING AND THE END.

[Frankenhardt, Germany]: Edition Schwarze Seite, (2010). First edition. Only edition, and a very limited one at that. Number 15 of only 25 copies signed by the artist. No trade edition issued. THE FIRST SEPARATE PRINTING of Jeffers' poem (alternately titled "the unformed volcanic earth"). The book is bilingual with translations from the German by Eva Hesse printed on the verso of the original English text and is illustrated with five vivid foldout color etchings by Froeschlin and signed by him. OCLC records 13 copies in libraries worldwide; Jeffers' bibliographer, Michael Broomfield, records one other (not listed in OCLC) and has a copy in his own private collection as well [A135]. Adding this copy, there are 16 copies known, the bulk of which are in institutions. Although the copyright indicates the poem is from The Collected Poetry of Robinson Jeffers, Volume 3, edited by Tim Hunt, it retains the title and several of the lines from the poems' appearance in the 1963 book of the same name (that one collected 48 poems in all). Folio volume measuring approximately 11.5 x 15.5"; 16 pages letterpress printed using hand-set 16-point semi-bold Bauer Bodoni type. The text and five full-page foldout color etchings by Froeschlin are printed on watermarked Velin d'Arches mould 250 gram paper and the book has been hand-bound in printed paper over boards with leather spine titled in gilt. The full-color etchings are printed on full-size (23-inch wide) Arches paper folded into the gutter and tipped on one edge. Each etching is protected by full-size tissue interleaving paper to prevent offsetting. The book is housed in the original sturdy white slipcase covered in deep blue paper with flecks and streaks of white "suggesting stars in a night sky" (Broomfield p. 130). Book and slipcase are fine, virtually as new. The entire email correspondence between the collector, Allen K. Mears, and Froeschlin is included, as well as an AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED BY FROESCHLIN (fine condition). Although Mears was told by the publisher that there was no prospectus issued for the book, he was able to obtain the publisher's advertisement for it, issued as a 4 x 8" glossy printed card that is housed in a 4 x 8.5" printed tri-fold packet along with advertisements for other work for sale by the press. This too is included with the book. Rare.
Item #56019

Price: $1,950.00