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The Poems by John Ashbery. Prints by Joan Mitchell [with:] Permanently by Kenneth Koch. Prints by Alfred Leslie [with:] Odes by Frank O’Hara. Prints by Michael Goldberg [with:] Salute by James Schuyler. Prints by Grace Hartigan. John ASHBERY.

The Poems by John Ashbery. Prints by Joan Mitchell [with:] Permanently by Kenneth Koch. Prints by Alfred Leslie [with:] Odes by Frank O’Hara. Prints by Michael Goldberg [with:] Salute by James Schuyler. Prints by Grace Hartigan.

N.Y. Tiber Press, (1960). First edition. One of 200 numbered copies signed by the authors and the artists from a total edition of 225 (the 25 contributors’ copies were not signed). Each volume includes five original color prints on ivory wove handmade Hahnemühle paper made directly on the screens by the individual artists. “Abstract expressionist artists . . . were not particularly involved with printmaking or encouraged to create artists’ books. . . . Another significant and undervalued exception . . . are four oversize books by the New York School of poets, each paired with large, colorful screen-prints by four second-generation abstract expressionist artists. . . . Each bound volume in the untitled boxed set contains five screen-prints, including the title page and covers. This is Hartigan’s only book illustrated with original prints.” “These four volumes – The Poems, Permanently, Salute, and Odes – were a collaboration between four leading artists of the second-generation of abstract expressionist painters and four of their poet friends of the New York School. The screen print medium that was chosen was the perfect vehicle to convey painterly gesture and saturated color. Along with 21 Etchings and Poems (1960) published by the Morris Gallery, N.Y., these four volumes published by the Tiber Press were the only distinguished artists’ books containing abstract expressionist works created during the 1950s.” – Robert Flynn Johnson, Artists’ Books in the Modern Era 1870-2000. The Reva and David Logan Collection of Illustrated Books. (London): Thames & Hudson, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, (2001), pp. 43, 226-227; item 142. Jerry Kelly, Riva Castleman, and Anne H. Hoy, The Best of Both Worlds: Finely Printed Livres d’Artistes, 1910-2010 (N. Y.: & Boston: The Grolier Club & David R. Godine, (2011), item 38. A very fine copy. Four volumes, folio, illustrated with original screen-prints, original cloth-backed illustrated paper over boards, acetate dust jackets, publisher’s cloth slipcase.

Price: $15,000.00

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