1932. First Edition, Limited #15 of 25 copies. Hardcover. SIGNED by Limbach on limitation page. 4to.  pp of CPM Fabriano paper, Italy. 10 original black & white lithographs on thin Japanese paper tipped in. Introduction by Milton S. Fox. Formal appraisal by M. Lee Stone Fine Prints (dated 1991) laid in. Original rose paper covered boards with illustrated title plate affixed to front cover. Soiling and spotting to front cover; fading to spine; internally bright and clean; else a near fine copy of this scarce art book. Item #19066
Here, Limbach portrays classic from Greek mythology including Argos and Mercury, Leda and the Swan, Europa and the Bull, Venus and Adonis, Pygmalion and Galatea, Diana and Acteon, The Judgement of Paris, Apollo and Daphne, Perseus and Andromeda, Echo and Narcissus. "The plates in this book seem to me to epitomize the work of one of the most vigorous and uninhibited artists in this country. Aside from the fact that the technical excellence found here knows no peer anywhere in the medium of lithography, our artist reveals a satisfying knowledge of the human anatomy, a healthy awareness that life is really not such a serious business after all, and the fact that the gentle pleasures of the flesh make even the gods envious of our meagre lot." - Introduction. "Born in Massillon, Ohio, Russell T. Limbach (1904-1971) was a painter and printmaker. He briefly attended the Cleveland School of Art, then left to become an apprentice in the sketch room of a small lithographic plant there, learning and refining his technique under the guidance of four experienced staff artists. He realized the artistic potential of printmaking at a local exhibit where he first saw Whistler etchings. He left for Europe in 1928 and studied for nearly a year under a fourth-generation lithographer in Paris. Returning to Cleveland in the depths of the depression, he traveled to New York City, where he found work as the Art Editor of The New Masses. Limbach subsequently was asked to organize the Graphics Division of the WPA Arts Project in New York. He was the recipient of numerous awards. His works are held in the collections numerous libraries and museums including the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the Cleveland Museum of Art, and the Los Angeles Museum of Art. He died at Sherman, Connecticut." - Brier Hill Gallery.