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Walcott, Derek; Romare Bearden, illus. & ed. The Caribbean poetry of Derek Walcott & the art of Romare Bearden. New York: The Limited Editions Club, 1983. Folio (31.1 cm, 12.25"). xix, , 210,  pp.; col. illus. $800.00
For this Limited Editions Club production, "distinguished artist Romare Bearden has culled his favorite representative pieces from Derek Walcott's output of the past twenty years." The poems are chronologically arranged, with => each section opening with a vibrantly energetic double-page spread painted by Bearden, an award-winning African-American artist and writer. Joseph Brodsky supplied the introduction; the text was set in Monotype Bembo by Michael and Winifred Bixler and printed by the Anthoensen Press in Portland, Maine, while the illustrations were reproduced by the Seaboard Lithograph Corporation and the original lithograph (see below) was hand-printed on Rives paper at the Blackburn Studio, New York.
This is numbered copy 1063 of 2000 printed, signed by Walcott and Bearden at the colophon. An original Bearden lithograph (numbered 35/275) is included, laid in at the back of the volume. The appropriate LEC newsletter is also included.
Binding: Caribbean-inspired linen with a sun and sea pattern combining warm reds and golds with cool blues and greens, created specifically for this volume by Bearden (marking the first time "an artist has designed his own fabric expressly for our edition" per the newsletter) and silk-screened in Italy by Ratti d.
Bibliography of the Fine Books Published by the Limited Editions Club, 533. Binding as above, in the original gray paper–covered slipcase with silver gilt spine title; slipcase with spine and edges sunned, volume in beautiful condition. => Attractively crafted, and the performance of an all-star "cast." (38924) Please RESHELVE This.
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