7 known variant impressions of version 1, only state
Proof before version 2 was used as the cover of the 2002 unique fabric illustrated book and before the editioning of the 2004 fabric illustrated book.
Of the 7 known variant impressions of version 1, there are 4 that vary only slightly due to subtle patterns in each fabric. Three of the 4 impressions are not illustrated, due to their similarity to the first impression seen in the Evolving Composition Diagram below. There is also a second impression on a polka dot handkerchief not illustrated due to its similarity to the one seen below.
This trial version has staining or scorching, which is commonly found in the old fabrics Bourgeois chose to use as printing surfaces.
In deciding the font size, layout, background, and sheet size for the cover of "Ode à l'Oubli," Bourgeois made trial versions. She also made trial versions for the text pages within the book.
Bourgeois's assistant, Jerry Gorovoy, remembers a circumflex accent was mistakenly printed on the "A" on the trials for the cover, and on the cover and spine of the unique 2002 book. He is not sure how Bourgeois missed the error. When the cover for the editioned version was made in 2004, it was decided that the title looked best printed with all capital letters, with no accent, and with no italics.
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Gift of The Easton Foundation
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Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, University of Florida, Gainesville Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT
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