(LYDIS, Mariette). Henri de MONTHERLANT. ~ Mariette Lydis. [Paris]: Nouvelles éditions Françaises, 1949.
Folio (383 × 281 mm), pp. 16, , plus 16 plates, some in colour and all in separate gatherings with titles. Loose and uncut in original wrappers. Blue cloth box lettered in white and slipcase. Fine. From the books of the late Martin Stone (1946-2016).
FIRST EDITION, one of 100 numbered copies on papier Rives. A retrospective portfolio of the work of Austrian-born artist Mariette Lydis (1887-1970), with an introduction by Montherlant, who in 1925 had introduced Lydis to the vibrant artistic scene of Paris, where she permanently settled a year later. She was known for her daring prints (notably her 1926 portfolio, Lesbiennes) and illustrated deluxe editions of Boccaccio, Louÿs, Baudelaire, Mirbeau and Valéry. Lydis had no formal artistic training, but her work was no doubt inspired by the freedom of twentieth-century Paris. She escaped the Nazis during the occupation, living briefly with her partner Erica Marx in England, before the couple emigrated to Buenos Airies.