The Picture of Dorian GrayWILDE, Oscar and DINE, Jim
London: Petersburg Press. 1968.
Limited edition, 125/200 signed by Jim Dine. Unpaginated. 450x315mm. Bound in emerald green velvet over boards with the title blocked in silver on the upper cover. This is edition B of Dine's three editions of Dorian Gray. The original colour lithographs, etchings and text pages were prepared on zinc and aluminium plates by Jim Dine in February 1968 and subsequently printed on Velin Arches at the Atelier Desjobert and Atelier Leblanc in Paris. It contains twelve lithographs six of which are the signed set issued loose in Editions A and C. This copy lacks the four signed etchings which are called for in the publisher's notes. The distinctive and wonderfully louche binding is in very good condition with some slight loosening at the hinges and some very minor rubbing at the extremities. The contents are near fine with the lithographs in excellent condition.
The text is a reproduction of a working typescript of Dine's stage version of The Picture of Dorian Gray. It contains manuscript corrections, drawings, and notes by Dine. Although the play was never performed, Dine's drawings for the costumes and his typescript were retained to create this beautiful artist's book.
"Those who go beneath the surface do so at their peril. Those who read the symbol do so at their peril"