COLETTE. Georges JEANNIOT, illustrator. ~ Chéri. Paris: Fayard, Le Livre de Demain, [ 1925].
4to (225 × 170 mm), pp. 126, , numerous illustrations after wood engravings by Jeanniot, plus a suite of 22 original wood engravings on chine, all initialled and signed by the artist, one signed. Original yellow decorative wrappers and wrappers to the suites preserved, in contemporary marbled boards with orange morocco geometric onlays. Occasional peeling to the onlays and some minor rubbing but very good overall.
First edition with Jeanniot’s evocative illustrations of one of Collet’s best-loved novels (it had first appeared in 1920), with additional suite of 22 wood engravings on chine (number 2 of 15 special copies thus).
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.