VERHAEREN, Émile. J[ulien] Van SANTEN, illustrator. ~ Les Villages illusoires. [Paris: Éditions d’art Devambez, 1929].
Folio (309 × 251 mm), pp. 137, , including 17 colour printed etched plates and 6 large illustrations, with 2 additional proof plates at the end. Uncut and loose in original wrappers. From the books of the late Martin Stone (1946-2016).
FIRST EDITION with etchings by Van Santen. Les Villages illusoires (1895), by Belgian symbolist Verhaeren, is one of two works (the other being Les Villes tentaculaires) expressing the writer’s growing concern for social problems based on the ‘illusory character’ of human perception. The colourful etchings accompanying the text are the most significant works by Van Santen, a painter and etcher of fragile constitution, who studied under Brussels engraver Jeff Codron. Number 155 on vélin d’Arches, (after 40 copies on japon impérial, 30 on japon and 20 on différents papiers réservés. Total edition 220). This copy contains two additional proofs. Carteret IV, 389: ‘Édition très recherchée et cotée.’