Sale: 328 / Rare Books, Nov. 19./20. 2007 in Hamburg Lot 1236

 
Hans Erni - Homer, Odyssee. 1958


 
1236
Hans Erni
Homer, Odyssee. 1958
Estimate:
€ 2,000 / $ 2,400
Sold:
€ 2,640 / $ 3.168

(incl. 20% surcharge)
Lot description
Homer, Odyssée. Version français de V. Bérard. 3 vols. With 111 orig. lithographs in colours, partly fullpage by H. Erni and wrappers and cover papers for the slipcases in orig. lithograph. Lausanne, A. Gonin 1957-58. Loose quires in orig. wrappers with orig. half vellum covers, each in slipcase. Folio.
Giroud 20. - Monod 6080. - 1 of 170 (complete print run 186) numb. copies on Rives. - Publisher's imprint signed by the publisher and the artist and with an orig. Indian ink drawing by H. Erni in both vol. I and II. - First edition with these illustrations and one of the illustrative main works by Erni. "1957 beginnt ein großes Abenteuer. In diesem Jahr nimmt Erni den Auftrag an, die Odyssee zu illustrieren, die sein Freund, der Verleger Gonin herausgibt. Voll Ehrgeiz und seines Erfolges sicher beabsichtigt Gonin, die Abenteuer des Odysseus in drei monumentalen Foliobänden zu veröffentlichen. Der Künstler muss Dutzende von Illustrationen entwerfen, davon mehrere ganzseitige, dazu Schmuckinitialen für den Anfang jeden Kapitels. Eine langwierige Arbeit, die Erni mit soviel Interesse unternimmt, dass er die Aufgabe in kurzer Zeit bewältigt." [translation of quote: 1957 marks the beginning of a great adventure. Erni accepts the offer to illustrate the Odyssey, which will be published in three monumental folio vols. by his friend Gonin, who is full of ambitions and determined to succeed. The artist creates dozens of illustrations, of which several are fullpage, also decorative initials for each chapter's beginning. A complex task that Erni manages in a short time, as he is fully focussed on the result. (Giroud). - Spine of vol. III somewhat stained, inside edge of slipcase of vol. II somewhat loosened.

1236
Hans Erni
Homer, Odyssee. 1958
Estimate:
€ 2,000 / $ 2,400
Sold:
€ 2,640 / $ 3.168

(incl. 20% surcharge)