Sixteen black-and-white plates in a printed folder.
This is #468 of 550 numbered copies, signed by the artist on the first plate.
A handsome portfolio presenting the entirety of illustrations produced by artist Stephen Fabian, for the Jack Vance titles--THE EYES OF THE OVERWORLD, THE SEVENTEEN VIRGINS, and THE BAGFUL OF DREAMS. The author was never graced with a more companionable artist that Fabian, the illustrations capture perfectly Vance's luxuriant style. Issued in an oversized folio--probably the original size of the illustrations--in an edition of only 550 numbered copies, signed by the artist. Accompanying the portfolio is a printed booklet describing each scene illustrated. Sixteen plates in all, printed upon heavy paper.
Limited edition portfolios were a phenomenon of the 1970s and 80s. They grew out of a greater appreciation of comic and fantasy artists. Middle-Earth lead the way publishing a 1973 portfolio of Frank Frazetta drawings that quickly sold out its 500-copy print run. It was followed by Barry Smith's Tupenny Conan Portfolio in 1974 and another Frazetta portfolio, The Lord of the Rings, in 1975. This lead to a decade of large format, limited edition portfolios: a suite of new illustrations created without restrictions or censorship, with better printing on better paper, reproduced in a large size, to fully appreciate the artwork.