Thomas Jefferson’s Paris Walks, Photos by Michael Kenna, Arion Press, 60 of 400
Thomas Jefferson’s Paris Walks by Diana Ketcham
Illustrated with 46 Photos by Michael Kenna and Period Maps of Jefferson’s Paris
Arion Press, 2012, Signed Limited Edition – 60 of 400
Signed by Michael Kenna
MINT Condition – Still in the Publisher’s Original Packaging
This is a signed limited edition of “Thomas Jefferson’s Paris Walks” published by the Arion Press in 2012 with a limitation of 400 copies with this being number 60. From the publisher, “Jefferson, that remarkable man, was unusual in his love of walking in the city. The city was Paris, where he served as United States minister from 1784 to 1789, just after the American Revolution and before his term as third president. Here the forty-year-old Jefferson took daily strolls for exercise and often walked to conduct his business as a diplomat and patron of the arts. The renowned photographer Michael Kenna created forty-six images to accompany the story of Jefferson’s five years in Paris. Written as a guidebook, the essay leads the reader along Jefferson’s actual routes. Benjamin Franklin, John and Abigail Adams, and Gouverneur Morris are characters in the narrative, along with artists such as Houdon and Beaumarchais.”
The book divides Paris into six sections, with their own coded maps, each of which shows a two- to three-hour walk. A biographical appendix identifies the historical figures featured in the texts and maps.
Measuring 12.5” by 8.5” inches with 208 pages, the book is bound in illustrated boards and housed in a matching slipcase. The publication was designed and produced under the direction of Andrew Hoyem. The printing is by offset lithography. The forty-six photographs are printed in duotone with varnish. The paper is Centura Silk.
Accompanying the book is the original prospectus.
The book and slipcase are in MINT condition still in the publisher’s original packaging.
Stock photographs of the book as well as stock photographs of some of Michael Kenna’s photographs appear in the photo section of the listing.
About the Arion Press
Since its inception in 1974, the Arion Press has published 118 deluxe limited editions that are breathtaking in their scope and artistry. Combining notable literature illustrated with original artwork from prominent artists, Andrew Hoyem and his team at the Arion Press have carried on the tradition of the livre d’artiste in spectacular fashion. Michael Kimmelman of the New York Times put it best when he wrote, "The Arion Press produces some of the most beautiful limited-edition, hand printed books in the world."