BOURDEAUX, Henry. RENEFER, illustrator. ~ La Fée de Port-Cros. Paris: Fayard, Le Livre de Demain, .
4to (230 × 174 mm), pp. 126, . Illustrations after woodcuts by Renefer, plus additional suite of 28 original woodcuts on chine, each numbered in 2 of 15 and signed or initialled by the artist in pencil. Some foxing to text. Original yellow decorative wrappers and wrappers to the suite preserved, in contemporary marbled boards with orange morocco geometric onlays.
First edition with the Renefer’s illustrations, number 2 of 15 special copies with the suite of 38 original woodcuts numbered and signed or initialled by the artist. 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.