PETROUCHKA from THE DEAD SOULS
ENGRAVING by MARC CHAGALL
Chagall, Marc (1887-1985) – Original etching and drypoint engraved by the artist for the book “Dead Souls” By Nikolai Gogol, “Dead Souls”, first published in 1842, is widely regarded as an exemplar of 19th-century Russian literature. The purpose of the novel was to demonstrate the flaws and faults of the Russian mentality and character. Wikipedia
Signed within the plate ‘M. Chagall’ in lower left (engraved, not real signature). A total of 368 plates – 335 unsigned impressions, and 33 HC which stands for “Hors commerce” (not for sale as part of the edition). In pencil on the lower left is XXI/XXXIII indicating this is number 21 of the 33 HCs.
on the backside (below) you can see remnants of mounting tape – easily removed I imagine, but I will let you do that. Sheet of paper measures about 11 inches by about 15 inches, and the engraving impression about 8 1/2 by 11 1/4
This price is a “bargain” compared to the only other copy currently for sale, and in the UK for 950 pounds. But, as a bookseller I just prefer to pass along non-book items.