A Beast-drawn Man. (With 7 original, signed color lithographs by Karel Appel).
Amsterdam, De Bezige Bij, . 52 x 43 cm. Original black cloth, decorated with a photographic portrait by Ed van der Elsken and the artists’ signatures in white blocking. In printed plastic slipcover (Proost & Brandt bookbinders). (40) p. Seven large lithographs, including two double-page size, loosely inserted, all signed by Appel in pencil, with silk protecting tissue. With eight drawings in black-and-white print. Typography Pieter Groot. Set from the Gill and printed by Confiance in 75 numbered copies, signed under the colophon by Appel and Schierbeek. The text and the eight ink drawings were printed on paper in varying colors. 1st edition. Trifling damage to the plastic sliding cover. Very fine.
* Majestic artist’s book in huge format. The seven full-page lithographs and the drawings attest the full force of Karel Appel’s imagination, triggered by Schierbeek’s poetical prose fragments. The translation into English is by John Vandenbergh (himself a giant, translating Ulysses into Dutch). Also with 8 printed drawings by Appel. This is one of the few hors-commerce copies.
This international edition was, to the surprise of the publisher, a great sales success. In the first year nearly 60 copies were sold (original purchase price 1,000 hard silver guilders!).
The (loosely inserted) lithographs were often sold separately. This copy is complete, even with its often missing original sliding cover, that protects the cloth excellently.
Added separately: offset print of the portrait photo of Appel and Schierbeek by Ed van der Elsken decorating the upper cover.