Six 8.5 x 11 inch plates in an illustrated envelope. Six intricate pen & ink illustrations by Vess. Signed by the artist on the first plate.
During storage, the adhesive on the envelope flap has sealed the envelope shut.
Rather than opening the flap like an envelope, we recommend trimming the envelope along the top edge with a razor and straightedge. We can open the envelope for you, upon request.
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.