Le Calligraphe. by LIMBOUR, Georges. André BEAUDIN, illustrator.

Le Calligraphe. by LIMBOUR, Georges. André BEAUDIN, illustrator.

~ Le Calligraphe. Paris: [Fequet et Baudier for] Galerie Louise Leiris, [ 1959].

4to (276 × 230 mm), pp. 48, [8], plus an original watercolour and including 7 lithograph plates in colour. Loose and uncut in original wrappers. Blue chemise and slipcase. A fine copy. From the books of the late Martin Stone (1946-2016).

FIRST EDITION, SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR AND ILLUSTRATOR, with an original watercolour for the frontispiece signed by Beaudin. The text is by the Surrealist prose writer Limbour and is illustrated by Beaudin—a significant, if lesser-known, Parisian artist whose graphic abstraction evolved from Cubism through contact with Paul Éluard and collaborations with Robert Delaunay. He took inspiration from elements of daily life and reduced them to a symbolic essence, still recognisable as an object or figure. The etchings and watercolour here are fine examples of his sensitive use of colour and imaginative depiction of the human form. The book was issued by the Galerie Louise Leiris, an influential gallery founded in 1920 by Daniel Kahnweiler, who was forced to flee Paris under the occupation after turning the gallery over to his Catholic sister-in-law, Louise Leris. Number 27 of 100 on Rives (total edition 110). Rarre, and no US copy listed in Worldcat.

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