"We have reached that delightful moment when ‘Impressionism' is about to be born, when its light (the formula for which has yet to be found) is still only a hint, a caress, in the silvery snows of Monet or in the pale skies of Pissarro. Ah, how one would like to prolong this moment of hesitation for ever, this moment of transition, when transparent blue shadows are putting black shadows to flight and bitumen disappears!" -- Èdouard Manet, Portrait of Manet by himself and his contemporaries
FIRST EDITION of Theodore Duret's catalog raisonné of Manet's paintings and pastels. Complete with TWO ORIGINAL MANET ETCHINGS (L'Olympia and Le Gamin au Chien). One of 600 unnumbered copies.
Profusely illustrated with 21 full-page engravings by Beltrand after Manet, several colored in pochoir, and additional in-text illustrations. With illuminating text by Theodore Duret.
Paris: Floury, 1902. Quarto, contemporary half red morocco, marbled boards. With original wrappers bound-in. A few scuffs to binding, interior fine. An exquisite volume. Rare.
Price: $2,900 .