Hardbound in illustrated boards and printed acetate dust jacket. First edition. The cover features an original lithograph by Sam Francis. One of 150 numbered copies signed by Sam Francis and the translator, Michael Taylor. Additionally, this is a presentation copy inscribed by Francis (in pencil) to poet Cid Corman: "Merry Christmas from Sam for Cid," with Corman's dated ownership signature and some annotations to the text in his hand. Few spots of foxing to edges of text block, else fine. Books inscribed by Francis are scarce and this is a nice association. Bookseller Inventory #
Publisher: Santa Monica: Lapis Press, 1987.
Book Description Santa Monica: Lapis Press, 1987, 1987. One of 150 copies SIGNED by Sam Francis and Michael Taylor (total edition 1150 copies). Original lithograph cover by Sam Francis over boards.  pp. 24 x 12.5 cm. Mylar dustjacket printed in red with title on spine and copy on flaps. Calligraphy by Walasse Ting; beautifully designed by Les Ferriss, Jaime Robles, and Jack W. Stauffacher; typeset by Patrick Reagh.ISBN 0-932499-22-8. **Free domestic or international shipping with direct order. Seller Inventory # 09651
Book Description The Lapis Press, Santa Monica, CA, 1987. Lithographic Boards. Condition: Fine. First Edition Thus 1/150 Deluxe. np, illustrated in b&w, with an original color lithograph as the cover. Designed by Les Ferriss, Jaime Robles, and Jack W. Stauffacher. "The first edition of "Steles" contained forty-eight poems and was printed on the press of the Lazarist fathers at Beidang in Northern China in August, 1912. It was probably composed by Chinese hands, but each detail of the book from the round mark used to indicate breaks in the poems, to the yellow ribbons which made opening the slender volume an act of ceremonial unbinding, was chosen by the author Victor Segalen - a thirty-four year old officer in the French Navy who had arrived in the Far East two years earlier. Only eighty-one copies were made". This exquisitely adorned, translated edition of that extraordinarily scarce tome was issued by Sam Francis' Lapis Press in 1987. It features calligraphy by Sam's great friend Walasse Ting (of "One Cent Life"), typesetting by Patrick Reagh, and its beautiful wraparound cover is an original Sam Francis lithograph. A most handsome example of the deluxe edition limited to one hundred and fifty unnumbered copies SIGNED by Sam Francis and translator Michael Taylor in black ink at the rear colophon, as issued. Signed by the Artist - with a Lithographic Cover. Illustrated Book. Seller Inventory # 023411
Book Description The Lapis Press, Santa Monica, CA, 1987. Francis, Sam (illustrator). First edition. Boards, printed plastic jacket. One of 150 hardbound signed copies, where the cover is an original lithograph by Sam Francis, signed by Taylor and Francis. Calligraphy by Wallasse Ting. Very fine. Seller Inventory # 26490