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Wuthering Heights ~ Emily Brontë ~ Fifteen lithographs by Balthus ~ "Cathy taught him what she learnt..."

I have just returned from a visit to my landlord—the solitary neighbor that I shall be troubled with. This is certainly a beautiful country! In all England, I do not believe that I could have fixed on a situation so completely removed from the stir of society. A perfect misanthropist’s heaven; and Mr. Heathcliff and I are such a suitable pair to divide the desolation between us. A capital fellow!

So begins one of the great novels of all time, Wuthering Heights.  What could they have had in common‑-Count Balthazar Klossowski de Rola, the Paris‑born modern artist (better known as Balthus) who has filled scores of canvases with paintings of female nudes, and Mistress Emily Brontë, the mid‑nineteenth- century British spinster who seems never to have left the Yorkshire moors?  Precisely, those moors. In his youth, the Count visited that wild landscape and, in 1933, made a series of drawings based on her gripping novel. Some say that he saw himself as Heathcliff.  Sixty-one years later, and after creating a vast array of famous paintings, many reminiscent of those drawings, Balthus agreed in 1994 to have The Limited Editions Club present, for the first time in their destined context, the entire suite of fifteen drawings.  Happy to behold their fruition, Balthus wrote an Afterword for the book.

 

  • One Volume, 12-3/4” x 16-1/2”
  • Fifteen lithographs and Afterword by Balthus
  • Edition limited to three hundred numbered copies
  • Newsletter
  • Each book signed by Balthus.
  • Print Portfolios are also available

 

The Balthus drawings have been turned into lithographic plates and printed, in brown‑toned black ink, on fine Japanese paper by Bruce Porter at his Trestle Editions in New York City.  They were mounted on mould made paper from the Arches mill, in Epinal, France.  The text was also printed on this paper, uniquely watermarked with the coat of arms of the family Klossowski de Rola.  The book is bound in Nigerian goatskin dyed gray-green to suggest the Yorkshire moors. Linen covered and lined case. 1994. $ 5,100.

Book and Case

Book and Case

Opening Page

Opening Page

"it was one of their chief amusements to run away to the moors in the morning and remain there all day."

“it was one of their chief amusements to run away to the moors in the morning and remain there all day.”

Escape from the wash-house.

Escape from the wash-house.

Colophon Page

Colophon Page

Newsletter

Newsletter