LIMITED FIRST EDITION OF THE CATALOGUE OF THE ETCHINGS AND DRY-POINTS OF CHILDE HASSAM, 1925, ONE OF ONLY 400 COPIES PUBLISHED, WITH DOZENS OF REPRODUCTIONS OF HASSAM'S WORK
HASSAM, Childe. Catalogue of the Etchings and Dry-Points of Childe Hassam, N.A. of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. New York and London: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1925. Folio (9-1/2 by 11 inches), original half black cloth, original glassine, original numbered cardboard box. $2600.
Limited first edition of the catalogue raisonné of artist Childe Hassam's etchings and dry-points, number 226 of only 400 copies printed, featuring dozens of reproductions, including many folio plates, of Hassam's best works.
This is the catalogue raisonné of Childe Hassam's etchings and dry-points, featuring an introductions by Royal Cortissoz. Called "the ambidextrous Childe Hassam" for shifts in style, his use of a variety of media, and his diverse subject matter (Charles L. Buchanan), Hassam began his artistic career as a commercial illustrator and a watercolorist. "From 1890 to 1919, Hassam and his wife spent almost every winter in Manhattan and nearly every summer in New England… During these summers, Hassam was very productive, and he returned to New York with a large group of pictures ready for sale… Toward the end of his career he took up etching (1915) and lithography (1917). Rather than permanently adopting one artistic style, Hassam altered his approach according to the progressive aesthetics of the period" (Hollis Taggart). Many of the etchings in this collection are scenes of East Hampton, Long Island, where the Hassams purchased a house in 1919.
Light expert restoration to box, slight edgewear to glassine, book lovely and fine. A most scarce and desirable copy.