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MATISSE, HENRI. Cinquante Dessins. Frontispiece etching on chine collé, signed by matisse in ink, lower right ("Mlle M.M.," Duthuit Books 2), 323x250 mm; 12 3/4x9 inches (sheet), full margins; 50 reproductions,with numbered tissue guards. Small folio, original printed grey wrappers, usual toning, front hinge rubbed and starting; contents shaken; lacks glassine over-wrapper. Paris: Album Edité par les Soins de L'Artiste, 1920
first limited edition, containing the original etching. this copy inscribed and signed by matisse to elisabeth luther cary, first full-time art critic of the new york times. "avec les respectueux hommages . . . New York 22/5/33." Cary authored numerous works on artists and writers, translated several works into French, and started a monthly art periodical called the "Script." It attracted the attention of Adolph S. Ochs, publisher of the New York Times, such that he invited her to become the first full-time art critic for the paper in 1908, a position she held through 1941. This copy is number 478 of 1000 on Holland van Gelder, from a total edition of 1003.