MAC-ORLAN, Pierre. [Gustave] ASSIRE, illustrator. ~ Images secrètes de Paris. Paris: [Ducros et Colas for] René Kieffer, [ 1928].
Oblong 8vo (223 × 270mm), pp. 84, , plus 20 etched plates in bistre and blue. Original wrappers, very lightly soiled, small tear to foot of spine, but an excellent copy. From the books of the late Martin Stone (1946-2016).
FIRST EDITION. Mac-Orlan was a French songwriter and novelist, he travelled widely in Europe in his early twenties and then returned to Paris becoming a noted figure within bohemian circles; his song performances were regularly featured at the Lapin Agile, the cabaret favoured by struggling artists and writers such as Picasso, Modigliani and Apollinaire. Illustrated by Asssire, Images secrètes describes the Moulin Rouge and the Bal de l’Olympia, among other favorite haunts, and celebrates the promiscuous culture of early twentieth-century Paris. Number 499 of 500 copies on vélin teinte (total edition 550). Not in Carteret