Le Jardin de Bérénice. by BARRÈS, Maurice. Jean MALO-RENAULT, illustrator.

Le Jardin de Bérénice. by BARRÈS, Maurice. Jean MALO-RENAULT, illustrator.

~ Le Jardin de Bérénice. Paris: [Frazier-Soye for] les Cent Bibliophiles 1922.

4to (278 × 190 mm), pp. [4], xiii, 171, [3]. Etched plates printed in colour by ‘Porcabeuf’. Original decorative wrappers preserved in fine blue morocco, gilt, with pink silk doublures by Dreneau, with original slpicase. Spine very slightly discoloured, but a fine and handsome copy. From the books of the late Martin Stone (1946-2016).

First edition, one of 130 copies, of this stylish production for Les Cent Bibliophiles. The illustrations are by Breton-born artist Malo-Renault: ‘All his work, characteristic of the Art Nouveau style, shows a Japanese influence, notably in its decorative composition and the richness of its colours. He exhibited from 1903 to 1928 at the Salon de la Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts in Paris, and was a member from 1910’ (Benezit).

Les Cent Bibliphiles had been founded by Eugène Rodriques on the dissolution of Octave Uzanne’s Bibliophile contemporaines. Carteret IV, p. 60: ‘Un des bons livres de l’artiste; il est coté’.

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