Los Fusilamientos/The Firing Squad WITH: Prospectus

Aurora, NY: Wells College Press, 2014. Signed Limited Edition.


Copy 12 of only 20 for sale (from a total edition of 30). Text in Spanish and English. Translated by Miguel and Nancy Gil. Illustrated by William Roberts. Each copy includes an original drawing by William Roberts created as a study to the final lithographs. Includes prospectus. Noted Spanish poet Ildefonso-Manuel Gil (1912-2003) wrote this powerful anti-war poem, first published in 1946, based on Goya’s painting: El 3 de mayo de 1808 en Madrid: los fusilamientos en la montaña del Príncipe Pío (The Firing Squad of May 3, 1808). The project was started in 2001 and completed in Fall of 2014, 200 years after Goya completed his famous painting. This monumental portfolio includes a suite of lithographs by Wells’ Professor Emeritus William Roberts featuring portraits of both the poet and Goya, as well as Roberts’ reactions to Goya’s painting. The project was initiated by Terrence Chouinard while director of the Wells Book Arts Center between 2001–2005. Four lithographs drawn by Roberts, were printed by Gregory Page in 2011 at Olive Branch Press in Ithaca, New York. The author signed the then-printed colophon page in 2003 before final production details were completed. Binding and production assistance by Katie Baldwin, Ilana Houseknecht, Roberto Silva, Jenna Rodriguez, and Richard Kegler. 10 loose pages (pencil sketch housed in a folder; letterpress title page, introduction by Gil in both Spanish and English, Gil's poem in Spanish, Gil's poem in English; four lithographs by Roberts; letterpress colophon) and prospectus housed in a deep red silk cloth covered clamshell box with letterpress label mounted on the front. 38cm x 51cm.

Price: $1,000