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    Sale 2247 | Lot 144
    Price Realized: $6,480With Buyer's Premium
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    • Sale 2247 Lot 144

      (PICASSO, PABLO.) Reverdy, Pierre. Le Chant des Morts. 125 lithographs printed in red on cream wove paper, 430x330 mm; 17x13 inches (sheets), full margins; occasional light foxing. Folio, contents loose as issued in wrappers with two additional lithographed designs by Picasso; original board chemise and slipcase, some wear, split along folds of box. Printed by Mourlot, Paris and published by Tériade for Éditions Verve, Paris. Paris, 1946-48
      Estimate $5,000-7,500

      number XII of only XX hors commerce copies signed by picasso and reverdy, in pencil, on justification page, from a total edition of 270. Picasso decided "to illustrate Reverdy's text page by page, in the manner of the old illuminated manuscripts. Picasso perceived Reverdy's large handwriting, which filled the pages without crowding them, as an arrangement of little black signs which he could complete with large red strokes resembling oriental calligraphy. The manuscript is thus illuminated, which gives a ritual, religious character to the work"--Cramer 50. Bloch 524; Mourlot 117; Reuße 243-367.

      Price Realized (with Buyer's Premium) $6,480