New York: The Limited Editions Club, 1935. Limited No. 328 of 1500 copies. Hardcover. SIGNED by Matisse on the colophon. Large quarto (9" x 11 3/4"); xvi, [ii], 363pp. Twenty-six plates by Matisse; six original etchings and twenty reproductions of preliminary drawings by the artist, printed on thin colored papers. With the October 1935 "Monthly Letter" from the publisher. Publisher's brown buckram cloth, spine and front cover embossed in gold and blind, housed inuncommon publisher's slipcase. A fine copy in very good slipcase (light wear to extremities; lower open edge starting to split; discoloration on rear). Item #20604
"... According to George Macy, who undertook this only American publication of Matisse's illustrations, he asked the artist how many etchings the latter could provide for five thousand dollars. The artist chose to take six subjects from Homer's Odyssey. The preparatory drawings reproduced with the soft-ground etchings (Matisse's only use of this medium) record the evolution of the figures from vigorous sketches to closely knit, if less spontaneous, compositions." (The Artist and the Book 197; Quarto-Millenary 71).