Le Bocage amoureux ou le divertissement des amants citadins et…

Le Bocage amoureux ou le divertissement des amants citadins et champêtres. by GLEIZES, Albert, illustrator. Roger ALLARD.

~ Le Bocage amoureux ou le divertissement des amants citadins et champêtres. Paris: [Bruges: St Catherine Press for] Eug. Figuière & Cie, 1911.

8vo (256 × 190 mm), pp. 82, [6] (including initial and final blanks), woodcut illustrations, headings in red. Original brown wrappers, upper cover lettered in red. Spine a little creased with small tears, but a very good copy. Presentation inscription written over a previously erased inscription (probably a subscriber’s name). From the books of the late Martin Stone (1946-2016).

First edition of Gleizes’ first illustrated book, this copy being number 28 of 35 copies (edition of 190) and inscribed by both author and illustrator to artist J.E. Laboureur (1877-1943). Evolving from Impressionism, through Post-Impressionism and Fauvism, by 1910-11, Gleizes had become a self-proclaimed founder of Cubism and the monochrome woodcuts here demonstrate the remarkable extent to which Gleizes had already distilled his art to the expression of pure form.

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