BANVILLE, Théodore de. Georges GOBÔ, illustrator. ~ La Mer de Nice, lettres à un ami. Introduction et notes de Marcel Provence. Paris: Les Bibliophiles de l’automobile club de France, 1933.
4to (281 × 217 mm) pp. XVII, , 204, , including 3 colour lithograph plates and 26 large illustrations. Loose and uncut in original wrappers. Turquoise and gold marbled chemise and box. Very good. From the books of the late Martin Stone (1946-2016).
FIRST EDITION with Gobô’s lush illustrations of De Banville’s poetic prose celebration of the Mediterranean coast at Nice (first published 1861). One of 130 copies (this copy number 19 for Émile Brisson). The text is paired with brightly-coloured lithographs by Gobô, a California-born artist who worked France for most of his life. Carteret IV: ‘Belle publication, ayant obtenu le grand prix de la Société nationale des Beaux-Arts en 1933.’