DEVAMBEZ, André. ~ Auguste a mauvais caractère. Paris: Devambez éditeur, [ 1913].
Square folio (405 × 370 mm), 22 leaves, illustrated throughout in vivid pochoir colour. One bifolium bound upside-down. Original pictorial boards. Slightly rubbed and soiled, but an excellent copy.
First (and only) edition of this rare and spectacular children’s book, inspired by the artist’s own children, printed in a very small number of copies and entirely coloured by hand in pochoir by Jean Saudé. The huge double-page illustrations, with short accompanying text tell the tale of Auguste, a naughty boy who is only reformed after his toys revolt against him.
André Devambez (1867-1943) had trained at the Beaux Arts, Paris, winning the grand prix de Rome in 1890. He was son and heir to the fashionable Devambez publishing business which had specialised in high-quality illustrated books, but struck out on his own as a painter specialising in the depiction of modern life. Several of his works are held by the Musée D’Orsay. Worldcat lists the Bibliothèque nationale and Cotsen (Princteon University) copies only.