[THÉÂTRE D’OMBRES] ~ [Collage binding—La Tentation de saint Antoine. ?Paris, c. early 20th century].
4to (315 × 245), Album Clapisson 1859. Paris: Bertauts, , lithograph title, 24 leaves of music an 12 lithograph plates. Covered with white and black paper to which are pasted reproductions of shadow theatre prints and a colour printed eye. Ex Libris Alain Dubois, small envelope with title: ‘Messe noire et Magie blanche’.
A bizarre occult amateur binding/wrapper project. A mid nineteenth-century musical album (unrelated to theme of the binding) has been covered with black and white paper onto which are pasted cutouts from a popular shadow theatre print/game, probably a reproduction of a plate originally issued by Pellerin at Epinal in the mid-nineteenth century entitled La tentation de saint Antoine. Devils crowd around gothic churches, to which has been added, in an inspired surrealist touch, a single colour printed eye. The book bears the ex libris of Alain Dubois, noted collector of popular prints, whose collection was acquired by the Musée national des Arts et Traditions populaires in the 1960s. A monographed envelope, tucked in, bears an appropriate title: ‘Messe noire et Magie blanche’. The musical album beneath the wrapper has no obvious connection—probably selected for this treatment merely for its useful size.