[Lausanne, Switzerland]: [Andre and Pierre Gonin], . Copy no. 57, one of 130. Lithographs in presentation chemise held in a slipcase.
Printed folder containing 5 bifolia (1 of which with double-page engraving of the various scripts employed, 1 blank) and 10 tri-fold lithographed plates with engravings by Pierre-Yves Trémois (each with gilt-stamped sun motif). 43.2 by 30.2 cm (17 by 12 inches).
All presented in publisher's parchment-backed chemise with gilt-stamped cover and a visual Babel of scripts stamped in black, spine lettered in gilt, slipcase. Copy no. 57, one of 130 standard copies on vélin de Rives from an edition of 145 numbered in Arabic. An additional 42 hors commerce copies were numbered in Roman.
Signed by Pierre-Yves Trémois and the publishers at limitation, as issued.
Only faint wear to slipcase, chemise with a bit of rubbing; some tarnish to the gold orbs; near fine.
Near Fine / No Dust Jacket As Issued. Item #17253
A wonder-filled menagerie of symbolic animals and of the languages, scripts and magical incantations from which they emanated.
"My objective for the illustration of this menagerie was to reconcile or try to reconcile the “two kingdoms”—the calligraphic and the graphic. So for the texts accompanying the ten chosen animals, a pilgrimage to the sources of the primordial alphabets was indicated. It was the pretext for this Solar Bestiary." - Pierre-Yves Trémois.
Pierre-Yves Trémois was a French visual artist and sculptor, known for evocative works drawing in equal proportions on surrealism and science illustration, and for combining graphic precision and rigor with flamboyant fantasy. He was born in Paris.