Je Marchais sur le board meme de la mer. Mezzotints by Judith Rothchild
by Verdigris Press. Valery, Paul
Octon, France: Verdigris Press, 2016. Judith Rothchild. Octon, France: Verdigris Press, 2016. $3,200One of 15 copies, 14 of which for sale, all on Hahnemulhe for the mezzotints and BFK Rives paper for text, each signed and numbered by the artist, Judith Rothchild, and the printer / boxmaker, Mark Lintott on the colophon. Ms. Rothchild has also initialed each plate. Page size: 19 x 16 inches. Bound by Mark Lintott: loose as issued by the Press, housed in sandy mottled monoprinted BFK wrappers and housed in matching custom-made clamshell box by Mr. Lintott. The text was hand-set in Vendome romain and printed letterpress on an Albion press of 1867 by Mark Lintott. The colophon is shaped in an "s" curve as if a wave. Judith Rothchild created the 5 continuous mezzotints of footprints in the sand surrounded by the shells, sea weed and tiny sea creatures found on breaches, all inspired by winter walks on the beaches of Sables-d'Olonne, Half Moon Bay and Dillon Beach in California, Cape Cod and Cornwall. The prints were cut to fit the book format, but when viewed out of the folder form a continuum. Valery's text, a fragment of his play, EUPALINOS OU L'ARCHITECTE, imagines Socrates in paradise telling Phedre stories of his youth and his memories of walking on the beach with waves crashing at his feet. Awarded the prestigious Prix Lurcat in 2016 - by the Academie de Beaux Arts. (Inventory #: 11139)
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