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Casanova frontispiece from The Memoirs of Jacques Casanova de Seingalt - 1925, Collotype.
Not in Burne Jones. Edition 26. Unsigned.
Image size 7 1/2 x 5 1/4 inches (191 x 133 mm); sheet size 9 9/16 x 8 1/2 inches (243 x 216 mm).
A fine, black impression, on cream wove paper, with full margins (1 to 1 1/2 inches), in excellent condition. Scarce.
The Memoirs of Jacques Casanova de Seingalt was privately published by Aventuros in 1925 in a 12-volume, numbered edition of 1026. This print is from the portfolio of 12 illustrations by Kent which accompanied 26 sets of the deluxe edition.
Over the Ultimate (Voyager)- 1926, Wood Engraving.
Burne Jones 16. Edition 110. Signed in pencil.
Image size 5 1/2 x 8 inches (140 x 203 mm); sheet size 8 7/8 x 11 1/4 inches (225 x 286 mm).
A superb, black impression, on cream wove paper, with full margins (1 1/2 to 1 7/8 inches). Original brown paper hinge remains on the top sheet edge verso; in excellent condition.
The cancelled block is in the collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Reproduced: Prints and Their Creators, A World History, Carl Zigrosser, Crown Publishers Inc., 1974.
Collections: Brooklyn Museum, Cleveland Museum of Art, Fogg Art Museum, Franklin Collection, Metropolitan Musuem of Art, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Princeton University Library, Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art (New Paltz), Spector Collection.
Fair Wind - 1931, Wood Engraving.
Burne Jones 83. Edition 170. Signed and titled Bowsprit in pencil.
Image size 5 3/8 x 6 7/8 inches (137 x 175 mm); sheet size 9 1/8 x 10 7/8 inches (232 x 276 mm).
A brilliant, black impression, on cream wove Japan, with wide margins (1 1/4 to 2 3/4 inches), in excellent condition.
One of twelve prints by Kent which were used in a national advertising campaign for the American Car and Foundry Company. The advertisements ran monthly from July 1930 through August 1931 in a number of national magazines including Spur, Sportsman, Time, Town and Country, and American Mercury.
Collections: AAA, Burne-Jones Collection, Columbia, Franklin Collection, Hermitage Museum, Honolulu Academy of Arts, Kent Collection, Amherst, PMA, Portland Museum of Art, Princeton, Spector Collection.
And Now Where - 1936, Lithograph.
Burne Jones 110. Edition not stated. Signed and titled in pencil.
Image size 13 1/8 x 19 3/8 inches (349 x 254 mm); sheet size 17 3/8 x 12 3/4 inches (441 x 324 mm).
A fine, rich impression, on cream wove paper, with full margins (1 1/4 to 2 inches), in excellent condition. Printed by George Miller.
Published by the American Artists Group in an unsigned, unlimited edition not exceeding 1000. AAG's stated purpose was to make meaningful art available to as wide a public as possible, and to that end their editions were unlimited (most were of 200 or less) and unsigned. On the original AAG mat back printed label was the following copy: "This print is an original lithograph made by me and printed with my approval and under my direction. It is in every repect the equivalent in quality of those prints issued by me in limited editions and sold at comparatively high prices. Itslow price is made possible by the edition not being arbitrarily limited. My contact with the publishers, conceived in the public interest, prohibits my signing these prints except on the payment of such a fee as I may consider the equivalent of the time and trouble presumably involved. I may therefore say to collectors of autographs (I am myself not one) that upon the receipt of this print and ten dollars I will affix my signature to it and return it properly packed and insured to the sender. But, dear collector, don't waste your money. Rockwell Kent" This impression is one of those few which were signed by the artist in pencil.
Reproduced: The New York Woman magazine, Sept. 30, 1936; America Today (1936) a book of 100 prints chosen by the American Artist Congress; Fine Prints Old and New, Carl Zigrosser, 1937; illustration for the article “Rockwell Kent “ by Carl Zigrosser, Print Collector’s Quarterly; Rockwell Kent, Andre Chegodaev, 1963. llustrated in Fifty Prints, 1926, AIGA.
Collections: AIC; Kent Collection; LC; LAPL; MMA; NYPL; NPL; PMA; PUL; Spector Collection; WM.
Collections: Addison Gallery of American Art;, Phillips Academy, MA; Akron Art Institute, OH; Burne-Jones Collection;, IL; Hermitage Museum, Lenningrad, USSR; Franklin Collection, NY; Kent Collection, NY; Philadelphia Musuem of Art, PA; Seattle Art Museum, WA.