A Dante Bestiary.

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Judith Mason, [Alighieri, Dante]


A Dante Bestiary.


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New York


A Guide in offset lithography and an essay by Judith Mason “to diverse beasts, creaturres, monsters, figures and spiritual beings from La Divina Commedia of Dante Alighieri, the Florentine”. The Italian edition, number 2 of 10 copies out of an edition of 15. Folio, 425 x 315mm, 92 unnumbered leaves, set in Visgoth specially designed by Cynthia Hollandsworth, printed on Rives BPK paper on a lithographic offset press by Bruce Atwood at the Broederstroom Press in South Africa. Each lithograph to Paradise XXXIII, the Direct Vision of God, is embellished with gold leaf by hand. All the lithographs are signed or initialled by the artist in pencil. The Italian translations of the colophon and Judith Mason's essay are by Amerigo Marras and Stephen Sartarelli. The text is that edited by Manfred Porena of Bologna (1956). Unbound, the folded sheets housed in a lipped clamshell box made in Rhode Island by Stuart Einhorn. 

This copy of the Italian edition was published in an edition of 15 copies, with 10 copies numbered 1 to 10 and five artist's proofs numbered I to V. It was also published in English in an edition of 100 copies. It was available as an unbound portfolio, as here, or in book form with a variety of bindings. 

Judith Mason (1938-2016) was one of South Africa’s most distinguished artists whose work is well represented in just about all national public, corporate and academic art collections, as well as in a number of collections abroad, including Yale University. She worked in a variety of media: oil painting, pencil drawing, print-making and mixed media.

She exhibited frequently throughout South Africa. She held exhibitions abroad in Greece, Italy, The Netherlands, Belgium, Chile, West Germany, Switzerland and the USA.


From the collection of Alan Feinstein