First editions in English of the first four (of six) volumes of the definitive Catalogue Raisonne of the lithographs of Marc Chagall containing 28 original lithographs. Comprising:
Volume I: (1922 - 1957). Julien Cain. Introduction by Marc Chagall and Notes and Catalogue by Fernand Mourlot. Andre Sauret & George Braziller, Monte Carlo & New York. 1960. Containing 12 original lithographs including the dustwrapper and the frontispiece.
Volume II: 1957 - 1962. Fernand Mourlot. Andre Sauret & Boston Book & Art Shop. Monte Carlo & Boston. 1963. Containing 12 original lithographs including the dustwrapper and the frontispiece.
Volume III: 1962 - 1968. Julein Cain. Notes and Catalogue by Fernand Mourlot & Charles Sorlier. Boston Book & Art Shop ( Andre Sauret). Boston. 1969. Containing 2 original lithographs being the dustwrapper and the frontispiece.
Volume IV: 1969 - 1973. Charles Sorlier. Notes and Catalogue by Fernand Mourlot & Charles Sorlier. Crown Publishers (Andre Sauret). New York. 1974. Notes and Catalogue Charles Sorlier & Fernand Mourlot. Containing 2 original lithographs being the dustwrapper and the frontispiece.
These 4 volumes thus have all 28 of the original lithographs, mainly in colour, contained in the series of six volumes. Volumes V and VI (not present here) do not feature any original lithographs. The most desired volumes are I and II as they contain 24 of the 28 lithographs. Copies of these volumes are frequently offered sans the graphics which are removed for sale as artworks.
Condition: All four volumes are fine in the original matching oatmeal cloth with lithographed dustwrappers, all about fine and with the original outer glassine dustwrappers. Volume IV is also in the original cardboard slipcase. Volume III has two short closed tears at the top of the spine.
Due to downsizing now offered with an extremely low reserve price and recommended especially to South African buyers as this is a heavy item and courier (only) shipping abroad will be expensive.
- Jacket Condition: Near Fine to Fine
- Binding Condition: Fine
- Overall Condition: About Fine
- Size: Large 4to.