Provenance: a private Parisian
This exceedingly rare
impression of the 4th state is practically completed, and there were
only 9 or 10 trial proofs pulled of the final state (cf. the final
state impression held in the Bibliothèque Nationale at https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/btv1b6955226q.item)
Camille Pissarro made considerable efforts in finalizing this print, even though he never produced an edition per se
in his lifetime; he was not really interested however in producing
editions for the market, much like Degas, but more simply drawn to the
artistic possibilities of the medium. It is however one of his
most well-known prints as it was later published in a large posthumous edition in the Gazette des Beaux-Arts in May 1904.
* "De toute rareté, sinon unique" ("of the utmost rarity, if not unique"), according to Delteil.