1904 - 1989
LA CONQUÊTE DU COSMOS II (M. & L. 641, 645-6, 650-2; F. 74-12)
The complete portfolio, comprising six etchings and lithographs printed in colors with embossing, 1974, each signed in pencil and inscribed 'LXIX/CLXXXXV' (total edition includes 195 on Arches wove and 195 on Rives BFK wove paper), each also signed by the publisher, Jean Lavigne, Paris, on Arches wove and Rives BFK wove paper, contained in the original dark blue velvet-covered portfolio (6 prints)
plates: 750 by 557 mm 29½ by 21⅞ in
sheets: 996 by 697 mm 39¼ by 27½ in
With full margins, the prints are in good condition. Each sheet with very pale discoloration at the sheet edges and some inconspicuous creases, the largest approx. 160 mm at lower right margin in Plate 'I'. Plate 'K' with a 5 by 10 mm loss at top sheet edge near left corner and Plate 'G' with a minuscule tear in deckle at right. (Each with specks of stray ink and minor surface soiling in the margins.) The boards with spots of wear and traces of surface soiling, especially on the edges and the corners.
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