RENEFER, illustrator. ELDER, Marc. ~ Le Peuple de la mer. Paris: Fayard, Le Livre de Demain, .
4to (230 × 175 mm), pp. 126, . 22 illustrations, plus a suite of the 22 original numbered wood engravings on chine, all signed by the artist. Some foxing to extreme margins in text. Original yellow decorative wrappers and wrappers to the suite preserved, in contemporary marbled boards with orange morocco geometric onlays.
First edition with Renefer’s illustrations, number 2 of 15 copies with the suite of all 22 wood engravings on chine, all signed by the artist. Elder’s novel of the sea had won the 1913 Prix Goncourt (against both Proust and Alain Fournier). Renefer had made his name as a war artist during the Great War. Fayard’s Livres de demain brought examples of the current revival in woodcut and wood engraving to a wide audience at a reasonable price. Accordingly, the illustrations of the regular volumes were printed in large numbers from phototype metal blocks made from the prints, with just 15 copies of each (as here) presented with an additional suite of the original woodcuts specially printed on fine paper.