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- Pablo Picasso
- Eaux fortes originales pour des textes de Buffon. Paris: Martin Fabiani, 1942
4to (368 x 270mm.), copy number 159 of a limited edition of 226 copies, one of 135 copies on vélin de Vidalon, 31 plates, crushed chestnut morocco by Georges Cretté, upper cover tooled to the shape of a B with feathery black sprays on a background of gilt swirls, lower cover with gilt swirls, spine lettered in gilt, brown suede endleaves, gilt edges, matching chemise and slipcase, original printed wrappers bound in
The Artist and the Book 231
"The Buffon is one of the greatest bestiaries of the 20th century" (The Artist and the Book, p. 158). This copy is in immaculate condition in a splendid Cretté binding.
Fabiani was the successor of Ambroise Vollard, whose name appears as the watermark in the paper. Picasso had commenced work on the prints (using the technique of sugar aquatint) in February 1936, but Vollard died in July that year.