This copy, signed by both Lichtenstein and Ginsberg, was printed specially for Monsieur Gilles Neubauer.
In the early 1990s, the publisher Jean-Claude Meyer brought Allen Ginsberg and Roy Lichtenstein together. The result is an extraordinary, unilateral, book with eleven poems by Allen Ginsberg (in English and French) and 10 plates by Roy Lichtenstein
Translated as ‘The New Fall of America’, this is Lichtenstein’s only ‘illustrated’ book, and as such it is an exceptional example of the contemporary livre-de-luxe, bringing together two American artists, each icons of their own times. Bound by Georges Leroux in red and blue calf boards with figurative and architectural designs decorated in coloured glass on rear and front covers, it is marked by the use of exotic materials and strong polychromatic colour. Georges Leroux (1922-99), one of the most accomplished and esteemed French binders of the 20th century, began his career as a poet before turning to binding in 1959. His work is notable for its use of exotic materials, inset metal plaques and strong polychromatic colour.
Folio (50 x 39 cm). One of 42 copies with suite of plates on japon nacré at rear, signed by Lichtenstein in full as well as a regular suite of plates Initialed by Lichtenstein (as usual) and numbered 4/42. 113 pp. text, (20 plates) with text, signed by Lichtenstein and numbered 4/80 (9 polychromatic and one monochromatic), 3 pairs of illustrations within text, tissue guards. Red and blue calf boards by Leroux in 1994 (signed and dated) with figurative and architectural designs in coloured glass, title printed on spine, red and blue suede endpapers, matching red calf-backed cloth chemise with red and blue suede endpapers, matching red and blue slipcase.
B. Morgan (The Works of Allen Ginsberg, A Descriptive Bibliography), A58; M.L. Corlett (The Prints of Roy Lichtenstein, A Catalog Raisonné 1948-1997), 267-276.
Stock ID: 96326