MAURIAC, François. Othone COUBINE, illustrator. ~ Orages. [Paris]: [les Artisans imprimeurs] À la Sphère, [ 1926].
4to (235 × 186 mm), pp. 57, . Plus 5 etched plates, each in 3 states, ornaments. Original wrappers, with white portfolio lettered in gilt, silk ties. Portfolio slightly rubbed, but a very good copy. From the books of the late Martin Stone (1946-2016).
FIRST EDITION with Coubine’s superb silverpoint plates, tirage de tête. Though Mauriac’s prose is better known than his verse, he remarked that his poetical works, Orages (1925) and Le Sand d’Atys (1941) formed the glacier from which all his novels had flowed (Cooke, Mauriac: The Poetry of a Novelist, 2003, p. 246). Czech-born Othone Coubine (or Otakar Kubín) gained French citizenship in the year of publication: his elegant silverpoint engravings are present here in black, bistre and cancelled (rayé). This is number 1 of 50 copies on japon impérial with plates in 3 states (total edition 516).