Paris: Éditions de Livres de Pierre Lecuire, 1977. Oblong 24mo. (16)ff. One of twenty copies, with an additional suite of seven engravings by Vera Pagara, bound in at rear. Of these, two are abandoned earlier attempts. All images in the suite are signed and numbered out of twenty or thirty copies. Additionally, the book is a presentation copy, inscribed on the half-title by the publisher, Pierre Lecuire: "a Colin Clarq, je suis heureux d'offrir ce livre de soufflés." Lecuire's dreamy publication intersects art and archaeology, taking as its subject Pasargadae, the capital of the Achaemenid Empire under Cyrus the Great and home of the tombs for Cyrus and his son and successor, Cambyses II. Pagara's supplementary engravings offer hazy views of these landmarks, and more, which the reader finds among layers of thin Japanese paper, as if sifting through sand and time to see a history both present and past.
Bound by Monique Mathieu in full tan calf with snakeskin inlays in two columns on both covers, echoing the long lines of the engravings emerging from the heated desert like a mirage. Spine title, Mathieu's initials, and the date of creation in black, these latter appearing on turn-ins. Chemise of calf-backed textured boards with yapp edges and spine titling in black and blind. For more than fifty years, Mathieu has been one of France's most preeminent bookbinders, counting the National Library of France among those commissioning her work. The present volume highlights her precision in abstraction, her mastery of texture, and her discerning ability to make what is internal external. Matching slipcase. Minor evidence of wear to enclosures, else fine. Item #30606