Stirrings Still; Illustrated by Louis le Brocquy.

One of 200 Copies Signed by Samuel Beckett and Louis le Brocquy

BECKETT, Samuel. Stirrings Still. Illustrated by Louis le Brocquy. New York: Blue Moon Books [and] London: John Calder, [1988].

First edition of Beckett’s final work. One of 200 numbered copies (this copy being No. 52), out of a total edition of 226 copies, signed by the author (in ink) and the artist (in pencil). Folio (13 1/2 x 8 7/8 inches; 343 x 226 mm.). [12], [34], [2, blank] pp. Full-page duo tone lithographic image of Samuel Beckett and eight original lithographic drawings in black ink, five full-page and three smaller (including a profile of Beckett on preliminary p. [11]).

“This first limited edition of Stirrings Still with illustrations by Louis le Brocquy has been designed by Peter Wildbur for Barney Rosset and John Calder. The illustrations consist of one original lithographic image in two tones of Samuel Beckett, eight original lithographic drawings in black ink. These have been printed by Pierre Chave at his Atelier in Vence, France. The text has been set in England by Apex Typesetting Limited in Monotype Garamond 156 and printed by lithography by Pierre Chave. The paper is deckle edged Velin de Rives made by Arjomari, France. The book is quarter bound in parchment with a natural linen and cotton cloth stamped with a motif by the artist in eighteen carat gold and supplied in a matching slipcase. The book has been produced in Paris by Etablissemens Dermont-Duval. The entire edition consists of two hundred and twenty-six copies numbered one to two hundred and lettered A to Z, numbered and lettered by hand and signed by the author and artist” (p. [31]) leaf preceding limitation leaf).

Publisher’s quarter parchment over natural linen and cotton boards. Front cover stamped in gilt with the motif by the artist which appears on preliminary p. ([3]). A mint copy. Housed in the original publisher’s matching slipcase. Item #00821

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