Lot 29 of 350:
Complete set of Progressive Proofs for Charlot's Picture Book  

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Picture Book. 32 Original Lithographs - Complete set of Progressive Proofs for all 32 lithographs. One of only five sets prepared by the artist, this set prepared for Merle Armitage

Charlot, Jean

Los Angeles

The Artist



4 volumes. Complete sets of progressive color proofs, key plates, etc. for each of the 32 lithographs comprising Charlot's "Picture Book". (4to) 28x21 cm (11x8¼") original morocco-backed patterned cloth, morocco labels, matching endpapers. One of only 4 bound sets prepared by the artist.

In his catalogue raisonne of Charlot's prints Peter Morse notes that artist made "five complete sets of progressive proofs of all thirty-two subjects... One set was divided up among copies 1-32 of the edition... each of which contains the progressives of one print. The other four sets were bound in four volumes each and given to: (1) the artist; (2) the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; (3) Lynton R. Kistler; and (4) Merle Armitage." Morse further notes "Mr. Armitage no longer has his set, and it has not been located." The present set is that set prepared for Mr. Armitage and is signed by him at the front of each volume. Inserted at the front of the first volume is an original watercolor by Charlot, inscribed by him to Armitage, Christmas, 1933. Many of the proofs are signed by Charlot in pencil.

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