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Pablo Picasso was the most influential artist of the 20th century. He is widely known for co-founding the Cubist movement. His revolutionary artistic accomplishments brought him universal renown and immense fortune, making him one of the best-known figures of the 20th century art world. Picasso was exceptionally prolific throughout his long lifetime. The total number of artworks he produced has been estimated at 50,000, comprising 1,885 paintings; 1,228 sculptures; 2,880 ceramics, roughly 12,000 drawings, many thousands of prints, and numerous tapestries and rugs. Picasso’s final works were a mixture of styles, his means of expression in constant flux until the end of his life. From 1968 through 1971 he produced a torrent of paintings and hundreds of copperplate etchings. Only later, after Picasso’s death, when the rest of the art world had moved on from abstract expressionism, did the critical community come to see that Picasso had already discovered neo-expressionism and was, as so often before, ahead of his time.

Description: INSCRIBED & SIGNED BY PABLO PICASSO! Black paper covers with gilt design of a bird, white lettering, with each plate on a separate page, 2 pages of English text. Published on the occasion of the November 1971 exhibition in association with The Weintraub Gallery, New York. Mild edge wear, mild interior foxing. Text block is separating from spine, visible at interior front hinge. Minor wear to wrappers and 2 small creases, otherwise very good. Inscribed to the previous owner and signed with Love, Picasso!

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Picasso: Histoire Naturelle De Buffon
31 Cancelled Original Copper Plates
Picasso, Pablo

Publisher: Weintraub Gallery, New York, New York
Publication Date: 1971
Signed: Inscribed & signed by Pablo Picasso
Size: 9 & 1/4 inches – square

Graham Greene considered Le Carre’s 1963 masterpiece the best spy story he had ever read. Set during the height of the Cold War, it was startling at the time of publication for the novel’s opposition to the rather one sided heroes and villains of the popular spy novels of the time. Le Carre painted a bleak landscape filled with the dubious tactics of the secret intelligence world, a world in which good does not always vanquish evil. The novel was revolutionary for its portrayal of Western espionage methods, which more often than not, were morally inconsistent with Western democracy and values. The novel for the first time showed the intelligence services of both the Eastern and Western nations as engaging in the same expedient amorality… all in the name of national security.

The author’s breakthrough third novel firmly established Le Carre’s literary career.  J.B. Priestley called it ‘a novel of the first order… superbly constructed with an atmosphere of chilly hell.’ The novel won John Le Carré the Somerset Maugham Award, and later the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. A monumental novel, it was the first to win both the Crime Writer’s Association Gold Dagger and the Mystery Writers of America Award. The Modern Library listed it as one of the 200 Best Novels in English since 1950, and Time Magazine placed it among the 100 Best Modern Novels.

Description: Hard bound with dust jacket. First printing of the first U.K. edition. Blue cloth boards with title in gilt to spine edge. Some wear and sunning to edges and corners of boards that are slightly cocked. Some minor age toning to page edges, otherwise with interior clean and binding sound. Unclipped dust jacket shows original 18/- net price. Some minor edge wear to dust jacket that shows a small tear to upper spine edge. Minor soiling to white rear panel of dust jacket. Slight sunning to spine edge of jacket that overall still presents well. A rare copy of the first U.K. edition of Le Carre’s landmark Spy Novel.

Bookseller Inventory # 32948

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The Spy Who Came In From The Cold
Le Carre, John

Publisher: Victor Gollancz, London
Publication Date: 1963
Binding: Hard bound in dust jacket
Book Condition: Very Good
Jacket Condition:
Very Good
Edition: First U.K. Edition

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