CALDER, Alexander. Fables of Aesop According to Sir Roger L'Estrange. , 124,  pp. Illustrated with 50 line-block reproductions after pen-and-ink drawings by Calder. 4to., 255 x 195 mm, bound in publisher's paper with coloured silk threads over boards, in the original cardboard slipcase, in a new green half morocco folding box. Paris: Harrison of Paris, 1931.
The publisher's copy of the deluxe issue of Calder's most significant book, illustrated with figures from Aesop constructed in the same style as his imaginary Circus figures and in his wire portraits and statues that dominated his creative output during the 1930s. This copy has an original signed Calder drawing for "The fox and the grapes", one of the more elaborate images in the book.
The deluxe issue is especially sought after, being exquisitely printed on Spanish handmade paper incor-porating coloured silk-threads. The Calder drawings for Aesop are creative and playful, marking this as a major example of modern book illustration. This is the fifth publication of Monroe Wheeler's Harrison of Paris publishing firm. One of 50 copies on Spanish Guarro paper with an original drawing, and also with the original paper knife laid in. This copy belonged to Monroe Wheeler, with his book plate.
The Artist and the Book 47. Museum of Modern Art 120.
Item nr. 170973