DARAGNÈS, illustrator. Eugène MONTFORT. ~ La Belle-Enfant ou l’Amour à 40 ans. Paris: Fayard, Le Livre de Demain, .
4to (230 × 175 mm), pp. 126, . 27 illustrations, plus a suite of the 27 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 Daragnès’s illustrations, number 2 of 15 copies with the suite of all 27 wood engravings on chine, all numbered. Daragnès was both an artist and publisher in his own right, producing some of the most stylish illustrated books of the interwar period. 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.