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BRAQUE, Georges; APOLLINAIRE, Guillaume.

Si je mourais là-bas.

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Paris, Louis Brodeur, 1962

Published in 1962, just a year before Braque died, the timely Si je mourais là-bas [If I die over there] was a suite of eighteen wood-engravings to accompany poems from Guillaume Apollinaire's Poèmes à Lou, which Braque himself selected and edited accordingly. Braque had been a close companion of Apollinaire, who died forty years prior to the series but gave a lot of good publicity to Braque and his fellow Cubists. Despite this, Braque felt that his friend, who was also an art critic, understood nothing about painting, a source of playful tension between the pair which may have contributed to the obscure nature of the suite's images.

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Limited edition, one of 40 copies on vélin pur chiffon from a total edition of 180 copies; folio (48 x 38 cm); 61 pp. text, 37 woodcuts (2 double page and 7 within text, 30 in colour) including duplicate suite of 18 woodcuts each numbered 21/40 and signed by Braque, one extra plate in triplicate; full black polished calf by P.-L. Martin with abstract geometric design onlaid in brown and cream calf dated 1964 (binder's mark and date), spine lettered in gilt, all edges gilt, suede endpapers, black calf-backed chemise, brown cloth boards, housed in matching slipcase; slight wear to upper edges of spine, very minor scuff to design.


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