Image of Candide or All for the Best Translated from the French With 10 etchings Exact reprint of the earliest English text printed in Holland by Joh Ens ID 30130225891
 

Candide or All for the Best Translated from the French With 10 etchings Exact reprint of the earliest English text printed in Holland by Joh Ens ID 30130225891

Octavo. Publisher's red morocco by Whitman Bennett, NY, designed by Tice, spine lettered in gilt in compartments, Tice nudes to spine and front cover in gilt, turn-ins ruled in gilt, marbled endpapers, top edge gilt. Bookplate of Seattle art collector Richard E. Lang to front pastedown. Spine lightly sunned, touch of wear to tips and front joint, a couple of faint marks to covers, short closed tear to fore edge of pp. 73-4; a very good copy. Title page in red and black, with 10 coloured etching by Tice. First Tice edition, limited issue, number 150 of 250 copies on Pannekoek paper, bound in variously coloured morocco; this copy additionally signed by the artist on the limitation page, though uncalled for. A further 750 trade copies were also issued, bound in quarter cloth, with the plates uncoloured. Signed copies of the limited issue are scarce, and we have only encountered one other, out of series, example. Clara Tice (1888-1973) was a notorious New York bohemian artist, known as "the Queen of Greenwich Village". She was, according to the New York times, the first woman in New York to bob her hair, in 1908. She began exhibiting her art from 1910 and in 1915 her fame skyrocketed when the Society for the Prevention of Vice attempted to confiscate her works at the bohemian restaurant Polly's. "Tice was apparently so highly regarded and so instantly recognizable as one of those 'queer artists' that her role in the first Greenwich Village Follies was simply to play herself. As 'Clara,' she stepped out onto the stage at the appointed time, outfitted in one of her typically bizarre bohemian ensembles, and conducted a 'quick chalk talk of nudes, bees and butterflies'" (Sawelsan-Gorse). Throughout the 1920s she illustrated for Vanity Fair and other magazine, and illustrated several books, such as this, with her softly erotic illustrations. Women in Dada: Essays on Sex, Gender and Identity, Naomi Sawelson-Gorse, pp.429-30.

Price: USD 1632.42

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