Calaveras Suite [The Magic Journey}

By: Nichols, John

Price: $5,850.00

Quantity: 1 available

Book Condition: Fine


Nichols, John . Complete Calaveras Suite [The Magic Journey] . Albuquerque, Dayspring Graphics, 1979. A complete set of twenty-two images of dancing calaveras figures. Calavera translates as "skull" and is used to describe skeletal figures in the "Day of the Dead" events. The prints were made from Nichols' pen and ink drawings reproduced on copper plates and issued in an edition of fifty of which this is 6/50. This set includes a print that was only done in a print run of 40. Each figure, approximately 3" by 4", is printed on a 9 by 11-inch sheet. Disappointed with the artwork offered by his publisher for The Magic Journey , Nichols decided to create the illustrations himself. Of the twenty-two, eight were used for the cover and chapter illustrations. All prints are in Fine condition. Each is signed and numbered by Nichols and has the printer's chop. They come in an archival copy of the original folding portfolio with acid-free glassine sheets between them and are housed in a custom-made clamshell box. The original portfolio will be included. (It was not acid-free.) Laid in is a copy of an introduction presumably prepared by Nichols, a list of the name given to each figure, and a copy of an article published when the Harwood Museum exhibited their set. Complete sets are very scarce. One was given to the Harwood Museum of Art in Taos by Nichols and one is part of the collection of his papers at the University of New Mexico. In addition, I know of one in a private collection, and, according to Nichols, a set was given to each of his children. WorldCat only lists the set in the UNM collection. In a description for a 2011 exhibition of the Harwood Museum's Calaveras prints, they stated: "at least three complete sets can be located today". Some of the sets described as "complete" contain 21 of the prints. Many of the sets were broken and individual prints sold with some framed. Included is a signed first trade paperback edition of The Magic Journey (which was published at the same time as the hardback edition) in Fine condition. "I hope these Calaveras help to further that singular irreverence we all need for mustering the courage to flip a bird at the executioners." John Nichols. First Edition.

Title: Calaveras Suite [The Magic Journey}

Author Name: Nichols, John

Categories: Art,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: Albuquerque, NM, Dayspring Graphics: 1979

Book Condition: Fine

Inscription: Signed

Seller ID: 2784