Le Désert de Retz: Le Jardin Pitoresque de Monsieur de Monville by Diana Ketcham
Illustrated with 25 Engravings of Le Rouge and 32 Photographs by Michael Kenna
Arion Press, 1990, Limited to 400 Copies
MINT Condition – Still in the Publisher’s Original Packaging
This is a limited edition of “Le Désert de Retz: Le Jardin Pitoresque de Monsieur de Monville; A Late Eighteenth-Century French Folly Garden” published by the Arion Press in 1990 with a limitation of 400 copies. From the publisher, “The first book on the subject of this fanciful landscape garden and its architectural monuments was conceived and edited at the Arion Press. Monsieur de Monville's magic realm, where the history of architecture was to be seen in ruins, was visited by and in turn influenced Thomas Jefferson, King Gustavus of Sweden, and Marie Antoinette, and in recent times the Surrealists. The site is currently under restoration. The publication was the basis for a travelling exhibition mounted by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco that travelled to the Royal Institute of British Architects in London in 1991.”
The book measures 10” x 16” with 120 pages. The types are Monotype and handset Cochin and handset Cochin Open. The paper is Lustro dull-coat and printed in offset lithography by Phelps-Schaefer. The book is bound in full blue Regina cloth with grey-blue endpapers and labels.
Accompanying the book is the original prospectus.
The book is in MINT condition still in the publisher’s original packaging.
Stock photographs of the book as well as two stock photographs of the Michael Kenna’s illustrations appears in the photo section of the listing.
About the Arion Press
Since its inception in 1974, the Arion Press has published 118 deluxe limited editions that are breathtaking in their scope and artistry. Combining notable literature illustrated with original artwork from prominent artists, Andrew Hoyem and his team at the Arion Press have carried on the tradition of the livre d’artiste in spectacular fashion. Michael Kimmelman of the New York Times put it best when he wrote, "The Arion Press produces some of the most beautiful limited-edition, hand printed books in the world."