VOLTAIRE, [François-Marie Arouet de]. Leonetto CAPPIELLO, illustrator. ~ La Princesse de Babylone. Paris: Javal et Bordeaux 1928.
Publisher’s file containing 61 proof plates in numerous states, one marked gouache drawing and one copper plate, occasional annotation in pencil. Various sizes (mainly 4to c. 323 × 248 mm). Some duststaining and minor creasing, rust marks to a few corners from paperclips, one sequence of plates with offsetting/browning from interleaved tissue guards. Loose in original grey board portfolio with ties, publisher’s label to upper cover. From the books of the late Martin Stone (1946-2016).
A fascinating publisher’s file containing trial impressions of Cappiello’s illustrations engraved by René Lorrain for their edition of La Princesse de Babylone. Each plate appears in several states, single colours and combinations, and some appear in trial states marked up in manuscript. Together with one original copper plate the file provides a very useful record of the many processes required for a complex sequence of colour illustrations for an edition limited to just 40 copies. Notable throughout is the use of the registration pins evident on the copper plate and in the margins of each plate, allowing for absolute precision in the successive impressions. Javal et Bordeaux printed numerous large format illustrated editions at this time, characterised by their superbly realised colour plates reproducing the particular quality of gouache and pastel originals