Ape & Cat by Jim Dine, and, The Madonna of the Future by Henry James
Ape & Cat Illustrated with 18 Photogravures by Jim Dine and The Madonna of the Future Illustrated with One Ph0togravure by Jim Dine and One Tipped in Photograph
Features a Lead-Alloy Bas-Relief Sculpture by Jim Dine
Arion Press, 1997, Signed Limited Edition, Limited to 75 Copies
Signed by Jim Dine
MINT Condition – Still in the Publisher’s Original Packaging
This is a signed limited edition of “Ape & Cat and The Madonna of the Future” published by the Arion Press in 1997 with a numbered limitation of 75 copies with this being an unknown number because the books are in the original publisher’s packaging and remain unopened. From the publisher, “This publication came about by a remarkable coincidence. The artist Jim Dine had been inspired by a small porcelain figurine of a cat and monkey in human clothes. He enlarged and reinvented the couple for a major series of sculptures, paintings, and drawings. Friends of the artist and the publisher alerted them to a story by Henry James from 1873 that employed the same figurine for different ironic purposes. Dine photographed his clay maquette and bronzes, and Hoyem arranged eighteen of the pictures as a narrative sequence, in which the romance of the two animals movingly evokes the human condition. The philosopher and art critic Arthur Danto wrote an essay on the James story and the Dine works. The book and the album of intaglio prints are enclosed in a box displaying a sculpture specially created by Dine for this edition.”
Ape & Cat is an accordion-fold album, 16 by 12-1/2 inches, opening out to 23 feet in width. The paper is German Hahnemühle Copperplate. The intaglio printing was done at the R. E. Townsend Studio, Georgetown, Massachusetts, from plates made by Jenö Gindl, Berlin, and proofed at Pace Editions, New York City. The covers are full gray cloth over boards. The box containing the album and book is covered in the same cloth, with a bas-relief, 5-1/4 by 6-3/4 inches, in lead alloy by Dine of the heads of a cat and a monkey inset in the lid. The relief mold was made at the Walla Walla Foundry, Washington, and the casting was done at the foundry of M & H Type, San Francisco. The sculpture is inscribed by Dine with his signature and the numbers 97 for the year.
The Madonna of the Future measures 12.5” x 8.75” with 68 pages. The paper is German Hahnemühle Biblio and the type is Monotype and handset Times New Roman. The binding is full cloth over boards.
Both books are signed by Jim Dine.
The books and clamshell box are in MINT condition still in the publisher’s original shipping box. Accompanying the book is the original prospectus.
Publisher’s stock photographs of the clamshell box and books as well as the prospectus appear in the photo section of the listing.