1992. . Signed. (KELLY, Ellsworth) MALLARMÉ, Stéphane. Un Coup de Dés Jamais N'Abolira le Hasard. [New York]: Limited Editions Club, (1992). Folio (13 by 17-1/2 inches), original full black morocco, original felt-lined clamshell box. $3200.Signed limited edition of Mallarmé's enigmatic final poem, complemented by Ellsworth Kelly's stark folio lithographs, number 55 of only 300 copies signed by the artist.Mallarme's poems ""have a rare, evocative beauty which can be apprehended if not always comprehended; which make him the crown and conclusion of the Symbolist Movement"" (Harvey & Heseltine, 442). ""Some of Mallarmé's poems and prose writings are so obscure (the adjective 'hermetic' is frequently applied to them) as to defeat determined study. An extreme example is his last poem Un coup de dés jamais n'abolira le hasard, first printed in May 1897 in the review Cosmopolis. The size of the type and the arrangement of the words on the (double) page are continually varied in an attempt both to produce the 'subdivisions prismatiques de l'idée'"" (Harvey & Heseltine, 442). This lovely version, reproducing Mallarmé's own radical experiments with typesetting, was printed by Daniel Keleher at Wild Carrot Letterpress in Hadley, Massachusetts on Velin BFK Rives paper, hand-set in Monotype Bodoni by Dan Carr and Julia Ferrari at Golgonooza Letter Foundry; Bruce Porter of Testle Editions in New York City printed Kelly's dramatic black-and-white lithographs, also on BFK Rives Paper. Fine condition, an elegant production. (Inventory #: 106184)
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