Argentinian Avant-Garde

BORGES (Norah, illustrator) & REYES (Alfonso) Fuga de Navidad. Ilustraciones de Norah Borges de Torre.

Buenos Aires, Viau y Zona, “El Bibliófilo”, [Talleres Gráficos “Colón” de Francisco A. Colombo, San Antonio de Areco], 1929.

Large 8vo, publisher’s printed wrappers, chemise and slipcase by Atelier Devauchelle. 35 pp. Printed in black and blue on fine laid paper, the type handset. Complete.

6 original full-page b/w plates by Norah Borges.

First Edition limited to 310 numbered copies.

This copy inscribed by the author to the Mexican writer and journalist Octavio G. Barreda (1887-1964), founder of the journals Letras de México et El Hijo Pródigo, and a great promoter of the Mexican culture. “Interconnected, but somewhat independent, meditations on the passing of time and the qualities of life during the Christmas season – similar to Dylan Thomas’s A Child’s Christmas in Wales” (Cotsen).

Illustrations by Norah Borges de Torre (1901-1998), Argentinian painter, graphic artist, writer, journalist and prolific critic, member of the important avant-garde group Florida, also known as Grupo Martín Fierro, sister of the writer Jorge Luis Borges and wife of Guillermo de Torre, cofounder and theoretician of the Ultraist avant-garde movement.

Finely printed by the small publishing house Viau y Zona founded in 1925 and the master-printer Francisco A. Colombo (1875-1953), “known for his typographical artistry. Even though he was self-taught in the field of book production and had no professional training, the books that he printed over the years can be considered nothing short of works of art. At the beginning of the twentieth century in Argentina, luxury editions were rare and thus, the work of Colombo was all the more notable” (Benedict).

Light wear to the spine (with tiny loss of paper at head and foot), small stain to outer blank corner of 7 leaves, generally a pleasing copy.

Rare inscribed copy.

Ref. Catalogue of the Cotsen Children’s Library, 9255 / Nora Benedict, Mapping Borges in the Argentine Publishing History, Center for Digital Humanities, Princeton University, U.S.A. (norabenedict.github.io/borges)

Price: 1.500,00 euros

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