La Soif du jonc. by GHIKA, Tiggie. Jacques VILLON, illustrator.

La Soif du jonc. by GHIKA, Tiggie. Jacques VILLON, illustrator.

~ La Soif du jonc. Paris: [Tournon for] Editions ‘Cahiers d’Art’, [ 1955].

4to (330 × 250 mm), pp. [26], plus 3 drypoint etched plates. Uncut and loose in original wrappers. Some small creases to upper cover. Internally fine. From the books of the late Martin Stone (1946-2016).

FIRST EDITION, SIGNED BY JACQUES VILLON. A poem by Ghika, translated by Jacques Dupin (poet, critic and Miró specialist) paired with three brilliant abstract dry-point etchings, with a lovely quality of line, each signed in the plate by Villon (pseudonym for Gaston Duchamp), elder brother of Marcel Duchamp and arguably the only cubist who managed to create a purely graphic language for Cubism. Number 159 of 200 examples on vélin de Rives, (there are a further 7 on vélin d’Arches with a double suite. Total edition 207).

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