Paris: [Atelier Georges Leblanc & Thierry Bouchard], 1994. Loose folded leaves in stiff paper wrappers, with printed lettering to the spine and upper cover; fore-edges uncut, others cut, except where the bottom edge of the leaf coincides with the bottom edge of the original sheet. Folded tissue guards laid in between the folds of the illustrated leaves. Housed in a blue cloth covered box made for this edition by Lætitia Conti. Unpaginated; five folded leaves of text, along with four folded leaves of engravings, plus one folded leaf for the colophon, which appears in both French and English [10 leaves in all, each folded into thirds, and printed on one side only]. Of the twelve engravings, six are by George Ball and six by Richard Nelson. The text was set in Blado type and printed by Thierry Bouchard on Arches handmade paper. The illustration plates were printed by Pierre Lallier at the Atelier Georges Leblanc. One of 65 copies, of which this is number 24. From a total edition of 77 copies. Signed by Ball and Nelson on the colophon leaf. With laid-in invitation to a gala at the Galerie Biren, celebrating the book’s publication. Item #76
The present edition of Aunque es de Noche reproduces St. John of the Cross’ original Spanish text, along with translations into French by the 17th century Carmelite R.P. Cyprien (Cyprian of the Nativity of the Virgin) and into English by Linda Nicholson. The French text appears below the Spanish on the printed leaves; the English text is integrated with the illustrations, having been engraved into the plates themselves.
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