BELLANGER, Pierre. André E. MARTY, illustrator. ~ Apsis, fantaisie néo-olympienne sur le bridge-plafond. Gravures originales d’André E. Marty. Paris: [Marthe Fequet and Xavier Havermans], 1930.
4to (249 × 176mm), pp. [vi], 13, , illustrations, plus 5 full page proofs and 2 original drawings. Partially uncut, original wrappers, preserved in a later grey slipcase and chemise. A fine copy. From the books of the late Martin Stone (1946-2016).
FIRST EDITION, this copy with two original Marty drawings and five proofs, reserved for publisher Marthe Fequet herself. The entire edition of 100 was printed for private circulation for Les Bibliophiles de l’Automobile-Club de France. This is an early example of the presswork of Marthe Fequet, who had been taught to print at the age of nine by her printer father, and who became one of the key figures in the production of the artist’s book in France. ‘Marty studied philosophy and then travelled to Italy. He studied in Cormon’s studio at the École des Beaux-Arts, Paris. He exhibited regularly in Paris, at the Salon des Arts Décoratifs, of which he became a member of the jury in 1925, and at the Salon des Humoristes. He was influenced by the illustrator Boutet de Monvel. He was very popular and produced posters for the Russian ballet, stage sets and sketches for fashion magazines... The illustrations in his stylised manner were appealing and achieved great popularity for the grace of the figures and their surroundings’ (Benezit). He is best known in Britain as a successful poster designer for the London Underground in the 1930s. Not in Carteret