DINE, Jim. The Picture of Dorian Gray. A Working Script for the Stage from a Novel by Oscar Wilde. Illustrated with 12 full-page coloured lithographs, a full-page coloured title, and hundreds of textual illustrations, notes and marginalia by Dine throughout. PLUS: an additional suite of six lithographs and four etchings, all signed by Jim Dine. Folio, 445 x 305 mm, bound by Rudolph Rieser in deluxe red calf, screenprinted with snakeskin patterns on all surfaces, the suite of ten additional plates in a separate chemise, the whole enclosed in an elaborate velvet-lined box revealing a large sculpted-leather heart "dripping blood" (after a design by Dine), in a new red cloth box. London: Petersburgh Press, 1968.
One of the few genuine "artist's books" completely designed and illustrated by Dine, and the first book issued by the Petersburg Press. Published in three limited editions: A (200 copies, with six lithographs), B (200 copies, with four etchings), and C (100 copies, with both the lithographs and the etchings).
This copy belongs to Edition C, one of 100 copies "bound in leather" with the extra suite of 10 ten prints signed by Dine, six lithographs and four etchings.
The text is a lithographic reproduction of a working typescript of Dine's stage version of Wilde's great novel; it contains numerous MS corrections, line drawings, and notes on the text by Dine. The play was never staged but Dine's drawings for the costumes and his typescript were preserved and used to create this compelling book published by the Petersburg Press.
It is widely recognized that The Picture of Dorian Gray became the Bible of the aesthetic movement in the 1880s. Ellmann claims that: "In the eighties, aestheticism suffered for lack of example: Dorian Gray filled the need."
The colour lithographs and etchings were prepared on zinc and aluminium plates by the artist. They were subsequently printed by Atelier Desjobert & Atelier Leblanc, Paris. It represents one of Dine's most successful illustrated books.
A Century of Artist's Books, p. 71. From Manet to Hockney 142.
Item nr. 154430