STEINBERG, SAUL. (1914-1999). Romanian-American artist best known for his illustrations in The New Yorker. ALS. (“Saul Steinberg”). 2pp. 8vo. On a single sheet. New York, February 9, 1959. On The New Yorker letterhead to influential French art publisher, curator and designer ROBERT DELPIRE (1926-2017).
“I’m sorry I couldn’t answer sooner – as usual. The Maquette looks pretty good and I hope it’s going to look even better when I’m finished. I found a good title – I think – and this week I’ll write the introduction, design the title page, send you the photograph, give you a sequence of the order in which the plates should be shown, etc. The color reproduction is good but not truthful. I enclose here a piece of the wrapping paper that was the basic color of the collage. Compare it to the strange – not bad looking – orange that came out instead – in your box and the other plate reproduced in the dummy.
Can something be done? I understand, this is the fault of the color photographs – I would be happier if a bit of sobrieté were injected into the orange. Please let me know and send me proofs as soon as they come out. I hope you are well…”