New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1990. Hardcover. Square quarto. 588pp. Grey glossy photo illustrated slipcase with white lettering on spine, housing grey cloth binding with gilt lettering on spine. Decorative end papers.
This stunning monograph focuses on the planning and ultimate culmination of Jeanne-Claude Christo's artistic vision.....The Pont Neuf, Wrapped. On 9/22/85, 300 professional workers completed the temporary work using 450,000 sq. ft of fabric covering:
The sides and vaults of the twelve arches, without hindering river traffic.
The parapets down to the ground.
The sidewalks and curbs (pedestrians walked on the fabric).
All the street lamps on both sides of the bridge.
The vertical part of the embankment of the western tip of the Île de la Cité.
The Esplanade of the Vert-Galant.
The fabric was restrained by 8 miles (13 kilometers) of rope and secured by 12.1 tons of steel chains encircling the base of each tower, 3.3 feet (1 meter) underwater.
Illustrated throughout with b/w & color photographic reproductions, sketches, and historic renditions of this bridge. This book takes the reader on the journey from planning to completion. Printed transparent overlay of bridges on page 19 and tipped in gold swatch sample of the fabric used to cover the Pont Neuf on page 135. Original publisher's order slip laid in at interior front cover.
Light bumping along edges & a few light scratches and abrasions to photo illustrated boards. Slipcase with very minor staining to top and bottom fabric. Minor scratches to slipcase wrapper. Binding with light sunning to spine. Interior with light smudges to the end papers. Slipcase and binding in very good+, interior in near fine condition overall. vg+ to near fine. Item #44532