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The Decameron by Boccaccio, illustrated with annotated Original Etchings by Clara Tice; a sample book of her book plates; a collection of plates before letters of her designs for "The Decameron"
Ca 1925 - A small collection of proofs, book plates and an extra-illustrated "Decameron" by Clara Tice, sometimes called the "Dada It Girl". Tice (1888-1973), also known as the "Queen of Greenwich Village," was a diminutive figure who walked the Village in outlandish clothes and her Russian wolf hound. She studied under Robert Henri, one of the founders of the Ashcan School of Art and participated in the first exhibition of Independent Artists which opened April 1, 1910, controversial for its revolutionary "no jury, no awards" concept. Other organizers included John Sloan and William Glackens. Tice (who also backed the endeavor financially) was one of only three artists who sold a piece from this important show. She was later introduced to Walter and Louise Arensberg, wealthy patrons of the arts, and became a member of the group of artists - among them Duchamp, Man Ray, Charles Demuth, Beatrice Wood and Tice - which came to be known as the Arensberg Circle. She exhibited often at galleries and worked as an illustrator for magazines and newspapers, such as Vanity Fair, Rogue, Cartoons Magazine, The Quill, Greenwich Village and Bruno's Weekly. From 1920, she illustrated books with her characteristic whimsical and naughty line drawings, which were mostly published privately by the Pierre Louys Society and Boni & Liveright to avoid censorship. She was especially known for female nudes, and also for her extraordinary ability to convey movement with just a few deft strokes in her drawings. The collection includes:1. The limited edition of "The Decameron" in two volumes, unusually signed by Clara Tice and illustrated by the ORIGINAL ETCHINGS for the plates, including two copies of three plates which were re-engraved due to immodesty, and one image (etched in two states) that does not appear to have been published. Limited to 2000 numbered sets, published by Boni & Liveright and numbered 334, with an early booksellers note in pencil beneath. Two volumes, tall 8vo. Vol I; xxix, (1), 374pp, 28 illustrations, comprising 24 plates on the "List of Illustrations", 22 etchings & 2 printed illustrations WITH 2 extra etchings not listed and probably not published and 2 other etchings in duplicate. (p.127 & 128; p. 189, p. 263). Vol 2; x, (2), 355pp, (1 printer's colophon), 24 illustrations (22 etchings & 2 printed illustrations). Original black publisher's cloth, gilt title on spine, gilt medallion of Boccacio on the front board and blind stamped, yap edges, uncut, spines a trifle sunned. OCLC: 456818. The etchings are pre-letters, and most have a handwritten title beneath with a page number that differs from the location in the "List of Illustrations", indicating the etchings were captioned before their final location was established. There are three plates that were deemed too risque, and re-engraved. In two of these, the unexpurgated plate is signed and numbered by the artist in pencil. The re-engraved, more modest plate appears next, one one with the notation "engraver" in pencil, and signed in the etching plate by Tice. Two plates were censored for their rather modest portrayal of female anatomy; the third disguises the male bed partner as a gentleman rather than a priest with his bald pate. 2. A series of 66 plates meant for extra-illustrating "The Decameron". 22 etchings, 6 3/4 x 10". One plate duplicated; one with a hand written caption and page position (with) 44 plates of the published illustrations for the book, with printed captions. In a green buckram chemise, mistitled as illustrations for Balzac's Droll Stories. With a clipping from an early booksellers catalogue for the set, citing 69 plates.3. A sample book of Tice's book plates. The slim booklet is covered with wonderful hand made paper with a design of brown lozenge shapes floating on a ground of olivey green, with "Made in England" stamped at the foot of the first page, the paper being watermarked "Ellerslie". There follow 14 original etchings and one reproduction of Tice's book plat [Attributes: Signed Copy; Soft Cover]
      [Bookseller: Antipodean Books, Maps & Prints, ABAA]
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