Anthony Gross illustrated book, ONE OF FIFTEEN COPIES with an original watercolour and twenty-six etchings signed and numbered by the artist. Published by Rampant Lions Press in 1980 comprising of 110 pages, written and illustrated with 26 unsigned original etchings and engravings on copper by Gross. The foreword by David Garnett and the 26 unsigned etchings bound in. A separate folder holds the twenty-six loose, signed and numbered etchings plates and the signed watercolour. The separate folder is bound like the book in a tan Quarter leather binding with cloth boards, a fine copy in fine slipcase.
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Size 33 x 26 cm
Herdman no.s.7807-8012)’Between October 1978 and February 1980.Gross produced plates to illustrate his book ‘The Very Rich Hours of Le Boulve’. This was printed and published by Will and Sebastian Carter at The Rampart Lions Press, Cambridge, England in October 1980. The plates were steel faced and printed at the artist’s studio by Mary Gross, and the edition of 135 copies comprised:
120 copies, numbered 1-120 and signed by Gross, consisting of text and the plates, and 15 copies numbered l-XV and signed by Anthony Gross, with an extra set of the prints, each signed by Gross and an original working drawing in a separate dustproof box.’
Anthony Gross had a close affinity to France. In 1926 he settled in France, where he created a number of animated films between 1931 and 1939; in 1936 the first of many books illustrated by him was published, an edition of Jean Cocteau’s Les Enfants terribles. His oil paintings of this period are largely affectionate depictions of French and English life and leisure. Gross returned to England in 1939 and from 1941 to 1946 served as an Official War Artist. After World War II he divided his time between France and England.
We also have another copy but without the twenty-six signed & numbered etchings for sale.