M.C. (Maurits Cornelius) Escher
Regular Division of the Plane
1957

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In red ink (very rare); the complete set of 6 with book and colophon
Limited-edition of 175
Catalogue raisonné (Bool) #416-423
All initialed "MCE" and dated in each plate
© The M.C. Escher Company B.V.

Regular Division of the Plane was commissioned by a Dutch bibliophile book society, 'The De Roos Foundation' to write and illustrate a book about Escher's symmetry artwork. The book's title in Dutch was 'Regelmatige Vlakverdelig,' or 'The Regular Division of the Plane.' The book has been reproduced and translated in several of the important books about Escher's work, and this is considered the most important document containing the artist's explanation of his methods and inspirations.

The deRoos Foundation published a fine book now and then on a subscription basis for its members only. The edition of the book was only 175 examples, though it is hard to imagine today a fine, handprinted book created in an edition of only 175. But so it was, and each book was numbered from the edition and carefully printed with full-page woodcuts by Escher created directly from his hand-carved woodblocks. This was one of the few times when Escher explained himself at length in words and pictures, so this is a critical document which came at the peak of Escher's creative powers (he was about sixty years old at the time, and had been working with symmetry designs for over twenty years). Escher has written that he was flattered by this commission, that the book was beautifully produced, and that he felt he had been well-compensated for his work.

The book contained six original woodcuts by Escher, printed within the book as black and white woodcuts surrounded by grey borders, with type on the back of each sheet. Additionally, at the back of the book was a separate portfolio of the six woodcuts printed in dark red ink. Since the book was sold by subscription to scholars and book collectors, very few examples of the book and its related prints have ever appeared on the market.

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  • Condition
    Excellent
  • Dimensions
    9.5 in. H x 7.13 in. W
  • Seller Location
    New York, NY
  • Reference Number
    LU1062355152
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