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The Lost Ones and Ping


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L’Issue, with six original engravings by Avigdor Arikha (Paris: Les Editions Georges Visat, 1968). Edition limited to 154 numbered copies on grand vélin de Rives, printed in 28-point Caslon Old Style by Fequet et Baudier. Each of Arikha’s engravings is signed in pencil by the artist. Inscribed by the author and the artist on the half-title to John and Evelyn Kobler.

This is the first printing of this text, which is a passage (third and fourth paragraphs) from Le Dépeupleur containing substantive variants from the first complete published edition.


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Séjour, with engravings by Louis Maccard from the original drawings by Jean Deyrolle (Paris: G.R. [Georges Richar], 1970). One of 150 numbered copies on grand vélin de Rives à la forme of a total edition of 175. Signed in ink by Samuel Beckett and stamped with the facsimile signature of Jean Deyrolle, to whom Beckett had given the text to illustrate but who had died before completing the project. Inscribed by Beckett to John and Evelyn Kobler.

The text consists of the first paragraph, with minor variants, of the then-unpublished Le Dépeupleur. Beckett selected from a group of thirty-two preparatory drawings the five which were engraved on the hand-press of Georges Leblanc for this edition. The original prospectus is laid in.


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First edition of Le Dépeupleur (Paris: Les Edition de Minuit, 1970). One of 106 numbered copies on pur fil Lafuma. Inscribed by Beckett on the half-title to John and Evelyn Kobler in January 1971. The original prospectus is laid in.

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