CHARLES MARTIN – La Chose Impossible, 1930
Sheet size: 285x225 mm
Image size: 210x165 mm
Edition: Extremely scarce – Unsigned
Original etching with aquatint by Charles Martin, with the title etched into the plate lower right. Printed on Hollande van Gelder paper. We also have a proof of this subject in pure etching on Japan paper. These etchings by Charles Martin were added as an extra portfolio with a few special copies of his edition of the Contes et nouvelles en vers of Jean de la Fontaine, illustrated with pochoirs, of which we also possess a suite. The justification page makes no mention of the existence of the etchings, which are more explicit than the pochoirs. 15 copies of the book were printed on Japan, 50 on Hollande van Gelder (of which ours is copy XXV), 350 on Arches, 1500 on Lafuma and 1500 on Alfa Navarre. It seems likely that all 15 copies on Japan were supplied with the extra portfolio, and possible that all 50 copies on Hollande van Gelder also were, though we are aware of copies on Hollande that do not have the etchings. Our copy of this portfolio is in fact the only one of the existence of which we are certain. We hazard a minimum of 15 copies and a maximum of 65 were printed. Condition: Fine.