Nicos Nicolaides’ work is original and valuable. For his last book, a satire with a particularly mocking
mood,The Book of the Monk, he creates an artist’s book: being the author and the artist, he lithographs
the totality of his work: the front and back cover, the title page, the text, the decorations and the
colophon; even the text itself is stone lithographed. It was first published in autumn 1951 in 150
numbered copies at “Société L’Art Graphique” in Cairo (softcover book, with pages of irregular shape).
The copy of Hambis Printmaking Museum is one of 500 copies which form the second edition, in 1955,
similar to the first one, other than the end of the colophon.
Nicos Nicolaides (1884 – 1956)
author and printmaker,
The Monk’s book – 1955, lithographic printer and
Publisher “Société L’Art Graphique” at Cairo, 500
copies (2nd edition, identical to the 1st)
(1st edition: 1951, by “Société L’Art Graphique”
at Cairo120 copies)
Lithographed text, front & back cover,
colophon et al. – 150 pp.
Large in 8° (24 cm x 17 cm)
Greek – Cypriot school
No 452 – Acquisition 2008