Lot 40: (FITZGERALD, VINCENT.) Joyce, James. The Epiphanies.
December 1, 2016
New York, NY, USALive Auction
Description: (FITZGERALD, VINCENT.) Joyce, James. The Epiphanies. 64 etchings, original watercolors, collages, and hand-cuttings by Susan Weil and Marjorie Van Dyke, based on Joyce''s writings; calligraphy by Jerry Kelly, type by Dan Carr and Julia Ferrarie. Single sheets measure 14x12 inches; 356x305 mm, but many fold out to double size. Folio, contents loose as issued in original grey silk clamshell box by David Bourbeau at Thistle Bindery, spine lightly but evenly faded. Printed by Daniel Keleher and Bruce Chandler at Wild Carrot Letterpress. (New York: Vincent FitzGerald & Company, 1987)
Notes: number 25 of only 50 copies signed by weil and van dyke (the total edition). The artists first produced forty interpretive paintings based on Joyce''s dream-inspired writings. They concurred with FitzGerald that the epiphanies fell into four categories: Death, Dreams, Games (primarily word games or puns), and Planes, and designed the shape and proportion of the book based on Joyce''s original manuscript pages. The book''s pages are designed in accordion folds so that phrases are first read out of context and are then brought into focus. The watercolor maquette for the "Death" section created by Weil is a blending of nine separate images transformed into a sequential statement that "evoked the sorrows and terrors of these five epiphanies about the death" of Joyce''s brother. A masterly modern livre d''artiste.