MARGA [GIL ROËSSET, Marga, illustrator]. Consuelo GIL ROËSSET. ~ El Niño de Oro — Cuento fantastico. Madrid: Mateu, 1920.
Folio (330 × 225 mm), pp. 47, . Illustrations throughout, including 8 full page, in black and yellow, by Marga. Evenly browned, due to paper quality. Rough trimmed in original decorative wrappers with flaps, traces of blue silk ties now absent. Rubbed, with small imperfections to spine (slight loss), but actually a good copy of a fragile book printed on indifferent paper stock.
First edition, the first published work of Marga Gil Roësset (b. 1908) then aged twelve. Marga’s talent was astonishingly precocious, and her compositions for this fairy tale by her sister, Consuelo, combine vestiges of a distinctive Spanish art nouveau with a troubling, dreamlike quality entirely her own. Born into a cultivated and talented family, she became dangerously ill as a child, manifestly influencing some of these extraordinary illustrations. She published further illustrations before becoming a sculptor and exhibiting at the Esposizione Nazionale di Belle Arti a Madrid in 1932 as one of the most promising artists of her generation. She had, however, become infatuated with the poet Juan Ramón Jiménez (who was married) and committed suicide in 1932, having destroyed most of her work and presented her manuscript diary to Jiménez on the day of her death (it has recently been published). Worldcat: Princeton and Spanish Ministry of Education only.