MATISSE, Henri. Les Jockeys Camouflés. By Pierre Reverdy. Illustrated with reproductions of 5 drawings by Matisse. 4to., bound in original printed wrappers. Paris: The Author, 1918. WITH:
MATISSE, Henri. Les Jockeys Camouflés. By Pierre Reverdy. Illustrated with reproductions of 5 drawings by Matisse. 4to., bound in original printed wrappers, in a recent light blue cloth box. Paris: A La Belle Édition, 1918.
An inscribed copy of Matisse's first illustrated book, together with a copy of the first version. in which each of the poems was printed in coloured ink: green, orange, and blue, respectively. Reverdy was outraged by the final product; not only did he dislike the coloured typography, but he was annoyed that both he and the artist were referred to as "Monsieur..." on the title page - a formalism he found ridiculous. Reverdy immediately had another version prepared in black, "la seule édition approuvée par les auteurs." One of only 100 copies on Simili-Japon (there were 5 on Japon Imperial), the colophon initialed by Reverdy. The name of the recipient has been neatly excised. The first version is one of 340 copies.
Claude Duthuit, Henri Matisse, Ouvrages Illustres No. 41. The Artist and the Book 195 (the first version). Skira 255.
Item nr. 118097