Paris: Georges Visat, 1968. Limited First edition. Hardcover. 1/139. Folio (12 x 9 1/2"). 25, pp. Uncut. Original paper folder with title embossed on front. Folder in its protective brown linen chemise with white-stamped title on spine. Folder and chemise housed in a matching slipcase. Text printed by Fequet and Baudier on grand vélin de Rives.
Splendidly illustrated with 6 tissue-guarded colored aquatints etchings, Samuel Beckett's "L'Issue" comprises a short passage from "The Lost Ones."
"The colored etchings for "L'Issue" reveal the subtle and intuitive feeling with which Avigdor Arikha approaches Beckett's work," (see Mitchell, "Beyond Illustration: The Livre d'Artist in the Twentieth Century," pp.53);
"The etchings are in Arikha's earlier abstract style. Dark and moody in feeling, they are reminiscent of Abstract Expressionism and visually convey the somber outlook of Beckett's literary vision," (See Johnson, "Artists' Books in the Modern Era 1870-2000," pp.160).
Each etching is hand signed in pencil by the artist at lower right corner.
One of 139 copies on grand vélin de Rives, of which this is No. 50.
Spine of chemise slightly stained. Some foxing on inside of chemise. Minor smudges along fore-edge of fly leaf and half-title. Text in French. Slipcase in overall very good, chemise in good to good+, interior in very good condition. g+ to vg. Item #42389