Five dramatic pen-&-ink drawings by Frazetta of the Mongol warrior.
This was the second of only three signed & numbered Frazetta portfolios (The Lord of the Rings, Kubla Khan, Women of the Ages).
Five 11 x 15 inch plates in an illustrated folder in a 12 x 15.5 inch illustrated envelope.
The five plates (including the signed & numbered Plate 1) are in mint condition.
The folder (repeating Plate 2) is also mint other than a very slight even off-white tone.
The envelope (with the same image as the folder) shows very slight wear.
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.