PICASSO, PABLO El Entierro de Conde de Orgaz.
Barcelona: Ediciones de la Cometa, 1969. One of 263 copies, this copy 137, signed by Picasso in pencil on the engraved plate and on the justification leaf. Publisher's vellum folding case containing three parts, the first two in printed brown paper wrappers, the third part in lithographed covers after Picasso, all unsewn as issued. 18 1/4 x 14 inches (46.5 x 35.3 cm) or the reverse; containing the drypoint Trozo de Almibar, signed by Picasso and numbered 137 from the edition of 263, accompanied by one page of text on a bifolium; El Entierro de Conde de Orgaz, consisting of half-title, verso the signed justification leaf also numbered 137, paginated , XI, , 69,  pp., including 12 full page etchings on Romani wove paper, all hors texte (though conjugate with text leaves); and 22 ff. of a facsimile in colors after Picasso's handwritten text for the manuscript of the poem. Some wear to case, internally a fresh copy.
In this work, Picasso illustrated his 1957 series of poems (present here in a fine facsimile of the original text, originally written in colored crayon), which reference his Andalucian childhood and heritage. The title of the work refers to El Greco's 1586 painting of the interment of the Count of Orgaz. For illustration, he chose an engraving from 1939, accompanied by etchings completed between 1966 and 1967. The work was printed and published by the publishing house Gustavo Gili of Barcelona. Cramer Books 146; Bloch 1465-1477; Baer 1377-1391; Johnson Artists' Books in the Modern Era 1870-2000, No. 92.
C The Margolis Collection
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