# 7730

FRIEND, Donald (1915 - 1989)

A mellow fruitfulness : 25 still lifes by Donald Friend

$4,500.00 AUD

[TOGETHER WITH] A mellow fruitfulness : still lifes by Donald Friend Volume II. [Melbourne] : Gryphon Press, 1986 and 1987. Two unique handmade books created by Donald Friend's publisher, Richard Griffin, expressly for the artist, containing a total of [58] colour photographs of a selection of Friend's still life paintings. Two volumes, folio, bound in vellum with contrasting burgundy and green leather spines, upper boards with pictorial onlays, manuscript half-titles and titles by Griffin, the first volume with a manuscript contents page giving the titles of the paintings and their dimensions, followed by a full-page manuscript letter from Griffin to Friend, which closes 'It was most distressing that you should have recently lost those magnificent Balinese rings to a thief, however I have as a result had the great joy of holding these paintings in safekeeping for you and have photographed them and made this volume for you, With great affection and love, Richard'; frontispiece with black and white photographic portrait by Griffin of the artist in the back garden of his Paddington terrace house, followed by a leaf with a manuscript quote from John Keats' poem, Ode to Autumn: 'Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness', the [25] colour photographs themselves laid down recto only of [13] leaves, the final leaf with a manuscript quote from Keats' Endymion: 'A thing of beauty is a joy forever'; the second volume with manuscript half-title, title and leaf with quote from Ode to Autumn, followed by [33] colour photographs laid down recto only of [14] leaves, the final leaf with manuscript quote from Endymion; the two volumes in their original state, the first volume housed in a custom burgundy cloth slipcase.