Les Belles de nuit illustré de dix-huit eaux-fortes originales... by…

Les Belles de nuit illustré de dix-huit eaux-fortes originales... by MAGRE, Maurice. Édouard CHIMOT, illustrator.

~ Les Belles de nuit illustré de dix-huit eaux-fortes originales... Paris [Coulouma for]: Les Éditions d’art Devambez, 1927.

4to (289 × 190mm), pp. [iv], 141, [5], plus 18 etched plates each in two states (some coloured) and 1 drawing. Loose as issued in the original wrappers, fine in original folding box (broken). From the books of the late Martin Stone (1946-2016).

FIRST ILLUSTRATED EDITION, one of 17 on Japon impérial (total edition 426) with an original signed drawing. Magre (1877-1941) had lived a colourful and bohemian life, Figaro remarking in 1924: ‘Magre est un anarchiste, un individualiste, un sadique, un opiomane. Il a tous les défauts, c'est un très grand écrivain. Il faut lire son œuvre’. After 1919 he became a devotee of the theosophist teachings of Madame Blavatsky. Chimot was perhaps the natural illustrator for the decadent poems of Belles de nuit (first published 1913). Carteret IV, 259: ‘Publication estimée et cotée’.

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