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“The Only American Publication With Original Picasso Etchings”



New York, 1934. Slim quarto, original cream

boards, glassine, chemise, and slipcase.


“If only we may stir so

amorous a feeling among the

men that they stand firm as

sticks, we shall indeed deserve

the name of peace-makers

among the Greeks.”

Signed limited edition, one of 1500 copies

signed by Picasso, with six original etchings

and 34 in-text lithographs. Aristophanes’ strik-

ing tale of a sex strike among Greek Women


banned by the Comstock Laws in the

United States beginning in 1873,

but tangled

with authorities for far longer and for different


the ancient Greeks deemed it subver-

sive and banned its performance, just as their

modern descendants did in 1967 when the mil-

itary junta in control of Greece banned its per-

formance for its anti-war theme.

This landmark in the history of book illustra-

tion is “the only American publication with

original Picasso etchings, which are among

his most important in the classical style” (


Artist and the Book

226). Set in

Caslon type and printed on Rives

paper, this new version by Gilbert

Seldes was considered by publish-

er George Macy to be one of the

finest productions from his press.

Picasso’s classical illustrations are

characterized by their extraordi-

nary “purity of line and balance of compo-

sition” (Cramer). Light expert restoration to

slipcase and chemise only. Usual light wear to

glassine. Book fine.