One of Flaubert’s Trois Contes (1877), a version of the story of John the Baptist. Under the artistic direction of Édouard Chimot, the illustrations are by William Walcot, a British architect who had already left a rich legacy of Art nouveau buildings in Russia (notably the Moscow Hotel Metropol) before becoming a sought-after architectural draftsmen (working for Lutyens, among others). Number 103 of 125 copies on velin d’Arches (total edition 191)..see full details
Sole copy (marked AA) on japon impérial (total edition 210). Rachilde was the pseudonym of the French novelist and playwright Marguerite Vallet-Eymery whose work was known for being decadent and erotic, often with a hint of autobiography. It is now much-studied as an example of a female voice in the decadent movement, dealing, as it does, with questions of gender, sexuality and identity. Le Meneur de Louves (‘The Leader of the She-Wolves’), first published in 1905, is a historical novel with a female hero set in the sixth-century..see full details
FIRST ILLUSTRATED EDITION, one of 17 on Japon impérial (total edition 426) with an original signed drawing.more...
Magre (1877-1941) had lived a colourful and bohemian life, Figaro remarking in 1924: ‘Magre est un anarchiste, un individualiste, un sadique, un opiomane. Il a tous les défauts, c'est un très grand écrivain. Il faut lire son œuvre’. After 1919 he became a devotee of the theosophist teachings of Madame Blavatsky. Chimot was perhaps the natural illustrator for the decadent poems of Belles de nuit (first published 1913)..see full details
FIRST EDITION, INSCRIBED BY VERTÈS to the critic Roger-Marx (1933).more...
Vertès’ humorous and warm-hearted caricatures on the theme of modern love between women had first appeared in issues of Le Rire in the same year. This is number 36 of 45 copies on Rives (total edition 52)..see full details
This is the second edition, the first having been printed in oblong format in 1896 without the 12 additional woodcut scenes here. (Example number 91, one 75 copies on Arches, numbered 26 to 100 (there are a further 25 copies on japon nacré blanc à la cuve. Total edition 100).
The Douze Chansons are superbly interpreted in great detail here by Doudelet, an artist who began his professional career after a chance encounter with the prolific photographer Edmond Sacré, who managed to get him a job at the university of Ghent. He worked under the Bacteriologist Emile Van Ermengem, producing the immensely detailed microscopic scientific drawings. Doudelet met Maeterlinck through Louis de Busscher, son of a well-known editor, who invited him to attend a meeting with a group of young writers who wanted to create a new literary magazine. Their first artistic interactions began when Maeterlinck asked the artist to paint six mural paintings for his family chateau in 1895, then, when artist George Minne failed to deliver illustrations for Douze Chansons he asked for Doudelet to illustrate the work. Maeterlinck described the work as ‘un chef-d’oeuvre tout court; synchronisation, harmonie parfaite entre le poète et les images creées par son intreprète’.
A set of 15 finely-executed copper engravings by Suzanne Cocq (1894-1979), a Belgian symbolist important in the revival of printmaking in that country and who was married to Maurice Brocas. The plates illustrate the 15 mysteries of the rosary, grouped in three sequences: Mystères joyeux, Mystères douloureux and Mystères glorieux..see full details
Inscribed by Colucci in pencil. The colophon reads: ‘Cette pièce de François Turpin fut créée sur la scène de l’Atelier à Paris par le théâtre Athéna, le 1er février 1928’. Number 50 of 100 copies on vélin blanc des papeteries d’Arches (there were an additional 4 examples on papier teinté du japon, 10 reserved examples and one on japon nacré blanc, total edition 114)..see full details
One of 300 copies. A very scarce book written and illustrated by the French-born missionary monk, Bouton, who worked in the Middle-East and Asia. He was also a keen calligrapher and ceramicist whose cartoon-like drawing style has something in common with medieval illumination. The effect is completed here with illuminated initials and text reproducing manuscript..see full details
Marie Laurencin (1883-1956) had studied at the Académie Humbert, was a member of the Picasso circle, and associated with the Section d’Or collective of artists and poets identified with Cubism and Orphism. As one of the few female Cubist painters, she had a unique approach to abstraction and often focussed on the representation of women, her use of curved forms and pastel colours creating a distinctive feminine aesthetic. This is one of 35 copies on japon imperial with a suite, (there were a further 20 on vélin de cuve with a double suite, 60 on hollande Van Gelder with a suite, 80 on hollande Van Gelder and 800 on vélin d’Annonay. Total edition 995)..see full details
FIRST EDITION, unnumbered copy of 200 hors commerce copies (an edition of 500 is stated, but perhaps spurious, to judge by the exceptional scarcity of this title).more...
The caricatures include Igor Stravinsky, Jean Cocteau, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, James Joyce, Kiki de Montparnasse and Marie Laurencin. Born in El Savador in 1897, Salazar studied in Mexico before moving to Paris and becoming part of the left wing Montparnasse scene. A vociferous and influential anti-Fascist, in the 1930s he worked as a propagandist for the Republican cause in Spain. Preface by Kees Van Dongen. .see full details
FIRST GREUELL-ILLUSTRATED EDITION of Louÿs’ signature collection of sapphic verse, this copy with an original signed watercolour and four additional plates (one of which is a signed proof), several other plates also signed.more...
‘Arthur Greuell studied at the Académie des Beaux-Arts in Brussels from 1905 to 1909. He studied with Anquetin in Paris in 1913. He was especially influenced by Van Dongen and his friend Edouard Goerg. He went to Belgium, concentrating his activity on book illustration. He later returned to Paris and would remain there for the rest of his life’ (Benezit). Number 43 of 195 copies on Hollande de Pannekoek (total edition 247)..see full details
FIRST EDITION, this copy with two original Marty drawings and five proofs, printed for Marthe Fequet herself.more...
The entire edition of 100 printed for private circulation for Les Bibliophiles de l’Automobile-Club de France. This is an early example of the presswork of Marthe Fequet, who had been taught to print at the age of nine by her printer father, and who became one of the key figures in the production of the artist’s book in France. ‘Marty studied philosophy and then travelled to Italy. He studied in Cormon’s studio at the École des Beaux-Arts, Paris. He exhibited regularly in Paris, at the Salon des Arts Décoratifs, of which he became a member of the jury in 1925, and at the Salon des Humoristes. He was influenced by the illustrator Boutet de Monvel. He was very popular and produced posters for the Russian ballet, stage sets and sketches for fashion magazines... The illustrations in his stylised manner were appealing and achieved great popularity for the grace of the figures and their surroundings’ (Benezit). He is best known in Britain as a successful poster designer for the London Underground in the 1930s..see full details
Mac-Orlan was a French songwriter and novelist, he travelled widely in Europe in his early twenties and then returned to Paris becoming a noted figure within bohemian circles; his song performances were regularly featured at the Lapin Agile, the cabaret favoured by struggling artists and writers such as Picasso, Modigliani and Apollinaire. Illustrated by Asssire, Images secrètes describes the Moulin Rouge and the Bal de l’Olympia, among other favorite haunts, and celebrates the promiscuous culture of early twentieth-century Paris. Number 499 of 500 copies on vélin teinte (total edition 550)..see full details
FIRST ILLUSTRATED EDITION (previous unillustrated editions 1914 and 1925).more...
A delightful book—witty literary pastiches (of Maeterlinck, Shakespeare, Racine, Hugo, d’Annunzio, Tolstoy and others) in this edition coupled with superb visual pastiches in the style of douanier Rousseau, Rouault, Picasso, Modigliani, Matisse and others. Most are wonderfully hand coloured by Jean Saudé: a master of the pochoir technique who had trained with Marty in the 1890s. Illustrator Gaudion was an interesting and versatile character whose career began in chemistry; he later composed music for jazz reviews and published six collections of poems. He was also an accomplished Art deco illustrator. Number 284 of 349 copies on velin d’Arches (total edition 390)..see full details