JERUSALEM WINDOWS, BOLDLY INSCRIBED BY CHAGALL, WITH TWO ORIGINAL COLOR LITHOGRAPHS
CHAGALL, Marc. Vitraux pour Jerusalem. (Monte Carlo): André Sauret, (1962). Folio, original gray raw silk, photographic endpapers, original illustrated dust jacket, original acetate. $7500.
First French edition of Chagall's Jerusalem Windows, boldly inscribed by Chagall and dated "1965, Vence" on the photographic front flyleaf, with two original full-color lithographs specially prepared by Chagall for this edition and with numerous beautiful color lithographic reproductions of the artist's work. From the collection of Joseph Liverant, a fellow Russian Jewish emigré and friend of Chagall.
Illustrated are various drafts as well as the final versions of the 12 stained glass windows (one for each of the tribes of Israel) and designed by Chagall for the synagogue of the Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Center. Issued the same year as the very similar English-language edition titled Jerusalem Windows. Text in French, See Sorlier, Chagall 78; Sorlier, Chagall Lithographs 365-66; Cramer 49. From the collection of Joseph Liverant, a fellow Russian Jewish emigré and close friend of Chagall. Liverant and Chagall both fled Europe in World War II, Liverant to Canada and Chagall to the United States. After the war, both acquired residences in Provence, where shared social circles, similar ages, and a mutual love of Yiddish combined to forge a lasting bond of friendship between the two.