REBOUX, Paul and C[harles] MÜLLER. Georges GAUDION, illustrator. ~ À la Manière de... Toulouse: Richard, 1927.
4to (253 × 197mm), pp. [iv], 177, , plus 22 lithographed plates (most coloured). Uncut in original wrappers, preserved in a slipcase. From the books of the late Martin Stone (1946-2016).
FIRST ILLUSTRATED EDITION (previous unillustrated editions 1914 and 1925). 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). Carteret IV, 333, ‘Édition recherchée et cotée… Curieuse et intéressante illustration’.