A16544. WRIGHT, RICHARD and JOHN WILSON (etchings). Down by the River. A beautiful fine press edition of one of the five stories that constituted Richard Wright's first book Uncle Tom's Children. The text, selected by the well-known Boston printmaker John Wilson, is illustrated with four highly emotional full-page original etchings with aquatint in black and blue, specially created for this publication. The expressionist washes of aquatint fully match in intensity the artist's conception of the dark, brooding, murky atmosphere of the story. The colors of the binding, lettering and lining of book and box repeat the colors of the prints. A timely African American livre d'artiste. Limited numbered edition of 300 signed by Wilson in the colophon. Oblong folio (12 1/4 x 16 inches), blue cloth, lettered in black, in matching cloth-covered portfolio folding box lined in black. LEC brochure laid in. Ed. of 300. New York, The Limited Editions Club, 2000. Mint, in mint box.
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