The Dreyfus affair: The Ben Shahn prints

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SHAHN, BEN). Shahn, Ben, Bernarda Bryson Shahn, Egal Feldman, Charles Westheimer & Emile Zola
Published by Crossroads Books, Cincinnati, OH (1984)
ISBN 10: 0961138017 ISBN 13: 9780961138011
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Book Description Crossroads Books, Cincinnati, OH, 1984. Prints in a Clamshell Box. Condition: Fine. First Edition 1/60 Deluxe. 28pp, 1 color and 4 b&w illustrations + eight 16 x 12" loose sheets printed in color offset lithography, recto only, in printed paper sleeves. Text in English and French. Designed by Noel Martin. This is the elegant portfolio reproducing eight color illustrations by Ben Shahn of the participants of the 1894 Dreyfus Affair. These exquisite oversized images are reproduced by offset lithography, signed by the artist in the plate, and individually housed in printed paper portfolios with tissue overlays. The prints are accompanied by a twenty-eight page hardbound book that typographically transcribes in French and English "J'Accuse.!" - Emile Zola's famous 1898 letter to French president Felix Faure in defense of Dreyfus - along with brief scholarly essays on Shahn, L'Affaire Dreyfus, and this project. A brand new, most handsome example of the deluxe, hors commerce 1984 first Crossroads Books edition of this significant undertaking limited to sixty NUMBERED (XXIII/XL) copies whose prints are on Grand Arches handmade pure rag verge paper - superior to the Arches paper of the trade edition. PLEASE NOTE: Additional shipping costs are required for this item beyond our standard rates due to its weight and value - we will inform you of the applicable amount at time of purchase. Print Portfolio. Seller Inventory # 025189

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Shahn, Ben; Bernarda Bryson; Egal Feldman; Charles Westheimer
Published by Crossroads Books, Cincinnati (1984)
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Book Description Crossroads Books, Cincinnati, 1984. Softcover. Limited edition. One of 60 copies hand-numbered in Roman Numerals, this numbered LIII, and printed on Grande Arches handmade pure rag vergé paper. Eight Ben Shahn offset lithographs after pochoir prints (11 3/4" x 15 1/4") and twenty-six page book resting in original matching sturdy clamshell box. Each print with protective wrap-around tissue-guard housed in its own titled wraps folder with short descriptive text (* below). Book: Folio. 26, [1]pp. Printed paper-covered boards with red and black lettering on cover. Frontispiece b/w photograph showing Ben Shahn and M. Crampe. With one color and three b/w photographic reproductions. Includes essays by Bernarda Bryson Shahn, Egal Feldman and Charles Westheimer as well as the letter "J'Accuse" by Emile Zola in Dreyfus' defense, addressed to French President Félix Faure. The letter appeared in the Parisian newspaper "L'Aurore" on 13 January 1898. Letter in French with English translation. Remarkable portfolio in fine condition. Pochoir prints: 1) Captain Alfred Dreyfus, an exemplary officer and member of the French General Staff who, being a Jew, was made scapegoat and condemned for a treasonable act that he did not commit. 2) Major Armand-Auguste-Ferdinand-Marie Mercier du Paty de Clam. There could not have been a worse choice for a fair preliminary interrogation of Dreyfus than a blundering and erratic busybody who felt himself honored by the assignment. A man of fertile and cruel imagination, he had the soul of a medieval inquisitor. He was a violent anti-Semite. 3) Fernad Labori the lawyer, represented an anomaly in French legal circles: a lonely voice crying out for justice in a corrupt world. Like his famous clients, Zola, Picquart and Dreyfus, he was the subject of vicious attacks - including an attempted assassination. Like them, he attained the stature of a moral hero in the United States. He was a handsome man, full of vitality with "lungs of steel." 4) Georges Picquart was widely recognized as one of France's most promising young officers. Calm, clear-eyed, with slightly ironical honesty, a brainy dreamer of a type much more common among artists than soldiers, he loved music, spoke German, English and Spanish with equal fluency and excelled in mathematics and the military arts. It was to Picquart that Dreyfus was to owe his life, Picquart destroying his own in the process. 5) The Experts. The handwriting specialists accused by Zola of conspiracy and fraud. 6) Marie-Charles-Ferdinand-Walsin-Esterhazy. The son of a French General of an illegitimate branch of the Hungarian Esterhazys, was the man who actually peddled the French military secrets to the German military attaché in Paris. He was so utterly bored by his bourgeois world that he attempted to find relief in heroism and knavery. He was a gambler and adventurer, but without purpose, a man possessed of a fantastic and sardonic humour. 7) Labori and Picquart remained unwilling to accept any final accommodation by the courts less than the full revision of the guilty verdicts. 8) Paleologue and demange, the one a witness, the other an honored lawyer, defender of Dreyfus. Seller Inventory # 41669

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