Paris: Éditions de Livres de Pierre Lecuire, 1977. Oblong 24mo. (16)ff. One of twenty copies with an additional suite of seven engravings, bound in at rear. Of these, two are abandoned earlier attempts. All images in the suite are signed and numbered out of twenty or our of thirty. The book as a whole is a presentation copy, inscribed at the at the half-title by Lecuire: "a Colin Clarq je suis heureux d'offrir ce livre de souffles. P.L." 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 Cyrus and his son and successor, Cambyses II. Its ruins also bear evidence of the fortress of Toll-e Takht, a propylaeum, and two royal palaces and gardens. Vera Pagara's supplementary engravings offer hazy views of these landmarks, as well as a replication of the cuneiform found on Cyrus' tomb. The reader finds these 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. 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. Matching slipcase. Minor evidence of wear to enclosures, else near fine. Item #30606