La Bourse de Lille. by PARENT, Paul. Omer BOUCHERY, illustrator.

La Bourse de Lille. by PARENT, Paul. Omer BOUCHERY, illustrator.

~ La Bourse de Lille. Lille: E. M. Raoust, 1929.

4to (262 × 204 mm), pp. 55, [7], plus 4 etched plates and 21 marginal illustrations, 20 woodcut ornaments printed in two colours. Loose and uncut in original wrappers. Slight foxing to front page, tiny tear to glassine wrapper near spine. Original marbled slipcase and chemise (rubbed). From the books of the late Martin Stone (1946-2016).

FIRST EDITION, the four plates signed and numbered in pencil by the artist, one of 100 copies on vélin de Rives (after 55 copies on japon impérial, total edition 155). Illustrating the history, architecture and life around the old Lille stock exchange, built in the early seventeenth century. It had remained the centre of commercial life in the city until 1921 when a new Bourse was constructed. The etchings and ornaments here were created by Lille artist Bouchery, a painter and engraver of genre and landscape scenes, who studied at Palais de Beaux-Arts de Lille and was renowned for his unrivalled handling of chiaroscuro.

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