Art: WORDS & PICTURES: The New Art Portfolios

FROM the days of medieval illuminators, a reverence for word and picture has gone hand in hand. The modern counterpart to the illuminated manuscript is the limited edition. Where the average gallerygoer is happy with fine reproductions on coated stock, the limited-edition bibliophile demands a creation as much portfolio as book, with each copy numbered, signed and printed on finest handmade paper.

Long a near monopoly of French publishers, the practice of wedding word and image in sybaritic luxury is now being tried experimentally in the U.S. with startling success. In Los Angeles,...

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