Monte Carlo, Editions André Sauret, 1960, 1963, 1969, 1974, and 1984.
Large quarto, five volumes, 221, 209, 181, 183 and 251 pages with well over a thousand illustrations (many in colour) plus all 24 original lithographs (21 in colour); in addition, the dustwrappers for the first four volumes are also original colour lithographs.
Cloth; the first two volumes have minimal foxing to the top edges, endpapers and plain flaps of the dustwrappers; the third volume is a little foxed and marked on the edges, with renewed endpapers, and shows minor signs of use (there is a commercial gallery bookplate on the recto of an early blank leaf); the fourth volume has minimal foxing to the top edge and endpapers, and some small ink splashes to the bottom edge; the fifth volume has a little foxing to the endpapers; overall, an excellent set with the dustwrappers in excellent condition, with a few trifling blemishes (the first one is slightly rubbed, with the spine slightly torn at the head and a little sunned; the second one is slightly rubbed, and a little bumped at the foot of the front hinge; the third one is a little rubbed, with the ends of the spine lightly discoloured (by offsetting from two small pieces of tape, now removed, once present to reinforce the ends, and to close a short tear to the head); the original transparent dustwrapper protectors are still present on all but the third volume.
Specific details of each volume of this definitive catalogue raisonné are as follows. [Volume I] CAIN, Julien: The Lithographs of Chagall, [1922-1957]. [Volume II] MOURLOT, Fernand: The Lithographs of Chagall, 1957-1962. [Volume III] CAIN, Julien, Fernand MOURLOT and Charles SORLIER: Chagall Lithographe, 1962-1968. [Volume IV] SORLIER, Charles and Fernand MOURLOT: Chagall Lithographe, 1969-1973. [Volume V] SORLIER, Charles: Chagall Lithographe, 1974-1979. All lithographs are present as called for: the frontispiece, ten other plates and the dustwrapper with the first volume; the frontispiece, ten other plates and the dustwrapper with the second volume; the frontispiece and the dustwrapper with the third volume; and the frontispiece and the dustwrapper with the fourth volume. The first two volumes are in English (translated from the French by Maria Jolas); the others are in the original French. A sixth and final volume, 'Chagall Lithographs, 1980-1985', also by Charles Sorlier, was published in 1986; it is readily available and inexpensive, as it contains no original lithographs. [5 items].