[London & Rome: Anthony D'Offay / Gian Enzo Sperone, 1981]. pp. plus folding panels front and rear. Large quarto (33.5 x 26.5 cm). Cloth and pictorial onlays over boards. Illustrated. Usual/inevitable modest rubbing and slight offsetting, otherwise about fine. Item #WRCLIT76563
First edition. One of an unspecified number of copies, signed by Clemente. Illustrated with 7 full-page designs in color, as well as 14 half-tone illustrations (ten colored), 8 of them mounted in passepartouts. Produced in India on very heavy handmade stock, and bound by hand. The copies distributed in the UK had a laid in sheet (not present here), with the publisher's explanation of the 'used' appearance of copies due to the nature of the materials and production. "In 1976 and 1977, Clemente spent time at Madras’s Theosophical Society, where he delved into its library of religious and spiritual texts. His interest in Hindu spiritual life and in other non- European cultures was combined with an enthusiasm for local popular culture and crafts. Clemente began collaborating with Indian sign painters, miniaturists, and papermakers, as in Francesco Clemente Pinxit, a 1980–81 series of miniatures in gouache on handmade paper, for which young miniaturists from Jaipur and Orissa painted the decorative elements" - Guggenheim Online.