New York; Monte Carlo; Boston: André Sauret & George Braziller (Vol. 1) André Sauret & Boston Book and Art Shop, Inc. (Vols. 2) Boston Book and Art Shop, Inc.( Vol. 3); Crown Publishers, Inc. (Vols. 4, 5 & 6), 1960 (Vol. 1); 1963 (Vol. 2); 1969 (Vol. 3); 1974 (Vol. 4); 1984 (Vol. 5); 1986 (Vol. 6). First American edition. Hardcover. Folio (12 3/4 x 10"). 220, pp (Vol. 1); 208, pp (Vol. 2); 179, pp (Vol. 3); 180, pp (Vol. 4); 250, pp (Vol. 5); 224, pp (Vol. 6). Each volume with original beige/gray cloth with black lettering to spine and front cover; all volumes with their original lithographic dust-jackets protected with original acetates. Volumes one and two in brown paper dustjackets with titles in calligraphy; these in addition to the original dust- and acetate jackets.
First American edition of the six-volume catalogue raisonné of Chagall’s lithographs, richly illustrated with 28 out of 28 original lithographs.
“Chagall’s emblematic irrationality shook off all outside influences: color governed his compositions, calling up chimerical processions of memory where reality and the imaginary are woven into a single legend, born in Vitebsk and dreamed in Paris” (Dictionary of Modern Art). For Chagall, the medium of lithography did not come easily. Printer Fernand Mourlot ran a lithography press where such greats as Braque, Matisse, Picasso, Miró and Chagall came to have their designs printed and to learn about this still nascent printmaking process. “For many long months Chagall came and worked tirelessly, and his dissatisfaction allowed him to have only a few of his first attempts printed” (Sorlier, 45).
Volumes I and II contain 24 of the original 28 lithographs published throughout the series; the dust jackets and frontispieces of Volumes III and IV account for the remaining four. Volume V was published near the end of Chagall’s life, and Volume VI was published posthumously. All were issued separately over a period of 26 years, and published simultaneously in English and French. For more information, see: Gauss, 391. Freitag 1914. See Cramer, 43, 56, 77, 94.
Vol. I with light wear along edges of additional brown dustjacket; acetate and dustjacket fine. Vol. II with light wear along additional brown dustjacket and two by half an inch chip at front lower foredge corner; acetate and dustjacket fine. Vols. one through three with minor age-toning. Slipcases with very light wear along edges. Near fine to fine condition. Item #52339