Blake, Peter (Artist/Author) & Livingstone, Marco (Contributor). PARIS ESCAPADES: LIMITED EDITION. London, England: Enitharmon Editions, 2011. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 135 pages. Fine/Fine.

Retrospective collection of original art on subject. One of the most beautiful art books of our time. Limited Edition of 1500 copies. The first and only edition. Published as a hardcover original in the United Kingdom only. There is NO American Edition. The Limited Edition is now scarce. A brilliant production by Peter Blake and Enitharmon Editions: Oversize-volume format. Pale gray cloth boards with gilt titles embossed on spine, as issued. Art and commentrary by Sir Peter Blake. Text by Marco Livingstone. Printed on pristine-white, 170 gsm Arctic Volume stock paper in the United Kingdom to the highest standards. The reproduction quality is outstanding in every respect. In pictorial DJ with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Presents Peter Blake's "Paris Escapades". Exquisite, whimsical, and delightful collages by the great British artist. "Demonstrates his unerring sense of felicitous and unexpected juxtapositions, visual story-telling, and an eye no-less-acute for having a permanent twinkle. Features familiar monuments in his Paris pictures, but submerges them in extraordinary events that turn them into the stuff of dreams. There is enough air of reality, such as The Seine freezing over, to entrap the unwary spectator. But as elephants are hoisted above Notre Dame Cathedral and crowds gather for a charabanc outing or for a mass kiss-in that even festival-going hippies would have found a bit extreme, the beauty and allure of Paris become populated by the overactive mind of one of the great imaginative artists of our time" (Publisher's blurb). Each artwork is accompanied by Blake's witty commentary, and preceded by an Interview with Marco Livingstone, in which Blake discusses his lifelong engagement with the art of collage. An absolute "must-have" title for Peter Blake and Paris collectors. This copy is very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed in black ink-pen on the title page by Sir Peter Blake. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. This title is a contemporary art book classic. This is one of few such signed copies of the Limited Edition still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Sir Peter Blake did NOT sign most copies of the book. There is NO American Edition. A rare signed copy thus. 28 full-page color plates. One of the greatest British artists of our time. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER PETER BLAKE TITLE IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 1907587152. $150.00

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