Victoria BC: Morriss, 1967. q. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine. Item #5035060
Limited and only edition. 4to cloth. The renowned Victoria, British Columbia, German abstract expressionist artist, Herbert Siebner, in 1967 collaborated with his friend, the Canadian poet, Robin Skelton, on a limited edition fine book, INSCRIPTIONS. It was printed in Victoria by Morriss Printing and contained 14 drawings by Siebner, each one hand-coloured in each of the 100 copies. On each facing page is a poem by Skelton. This copy is an unnumbered copy given by Skelton to his friend and colleague, Thomas Kinsella. I have no documentary provenance for this in terms of the last name, Kinsella," only the word of the previous owner/dealer in Ireland, but I have no personal doubts about it being a presentation copy if this were to be retained in my personal library. Laid in is a scan of printed information from the original prospectus, which does not accompany this copy. This copy is near fine, lacking only the clear plastic plain wrapper. There is a slight musty odor, but in my opinion is should only be a problem for a particularly sensitive nose. The boards of this book tend to bow a little. A brief internet search will tell you about the recent art theft in Victoria (Spring 2022) of some $10 million of fine art which has been recovered. Over 20 Siebners were recovered by police. This is the rarest book associated with Herbert Siebner. Rare.