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  • Memoires de Mad[am]e Vanfeld adressés à mad[am]e la marquise de Ronceval by [AUNILLON, Pierre Charles Sabiot, Abbé. L[ouis] Vigée, illustrator]. [AUNILLON, Pierre Charles Sabiot, Abbé. L[ouis] Vigée, illustrator]. ~ Memoires de Mad[am]e Vanfeld adressés à mad[am]e la marquise de Ronceval [France: eighteenth century].
    A contemporary manuscript, probably authorial, of an unpublished novel, aptly described by the French literary euphemism as ‘plus que galant’. By the colourful abbé Aunillon,… (more)

    A contemporary manuscript, probably authorial, of an unpublished novel, aptly described by the French literary euphemism as ‘plus que galant’. By the colourful abbé Aunillon, who was evidently more interested by the intrigues of the salon and the coulisses of the Parisian theatres than the contemplations of the cloister, Memoires de Madame Vanfeld tells the story of the corruption of a young woman and of her subsequent scandalous exploits, almost invariably at the hands of a series of depraved clerics. Told in the words of Madame Vanfeld herself and addressed to a confidant, the marquise de Ronceval, the novel is one of illicit liaisons in convents and country houses, and of stolen moments out of sight of family and convent superiors. It is never precisely explicit but is always entirely transparent. The preface describes it as a roman à clef, with names changed, and a list of the original characters supposedly consigned to the flames. A slightly later editor has made numerous corrections and emendations to this manuscript, including changing most of the names once more. A note at the end in a later hand, suggests that the action has at least some basis in fact, pointing to correspondences between at least one episode and passages in Aunillon’ Mémoires published in 1808.

    Aunillon (1684-1760) was descended from a prominent Anglo-Catholic family (said to have changed their name from O’Neill to Aunillon). A fascinating figure he seems to have turned his back on the church to concentrate on writing for the theatre. He wrote several plays, a fairy tale, at least one other novel and is said to have been a permanent fixture in the Parisian theatres, where he befriended the actresses and became their confidant. He also appears, in 1746, to have acted as a French secret agent in the Rhineland.

    The illustrator Louis Vigée (1715 – 1767) who supplied the four fine illustrations here was a French portraitist, fan painter, artist in pastels and a member of the Académie de Saint-Luc (and a friend of Vernet and Greuze). He is perhaps most notable as the father of the painter Élisabeth-Louise Vigée-Le Brun. He was also a correspondent of Madame de Graffigny, and a transcript of a letter from her, having read the Memoires is found at the end of the second volume here. The manuscript corresponds with that described in the sale of the library of A.L.S. Bérard, Paris, 7 May 1829, lot 1088, where the manuscript corrections are described as being in Aunillon’s autograph.

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  • La Perle. Un Conte de Noel. by (MINIATURE BOOK). AVATI, Mario, illustrator. G. A. DASSONVILLE. (MINIATURE BOOK). AVATI, Mario, illustrator. G. A. DASSONVILLE. ~ La Perle. Un Conte de Noel. Paris [Alain Guinhut and Ateliers Rigal], 1982.
    First edition, number 6 of 8 copies with the extra suite, signed by artist and author, a total edition of 48. Avati (1921-2009) was a… (more)

    First edition, number 6 of 8 copies with the extra suite, signed by artist and author, a total edition of 48. Avati (1921-2009) was a modern master of mezzotint printmaking and illustrated several books. The dark, velvety texture of his prints is shown to particular effect in these delightful miniatures for Dassonville’s Christmas story. He was awarded the Prix de la Critique for drawing and printmaking in 1957, a Gold Medal at the First International Exhibition of Graphic Art in Florence, and the Grand Prix of Arts of the City of Paris in 1981. He was a member of the Society of French painters and engravers.

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  • Skelt’s Characters & Scenes in The Woodman’s Hut. In 6 Plates Characters 7 Scenes & 2 Plates Wings … by (TOY THEATRE). [ARNOLD, Samuel James]. SKELT, Martin, publisher. (TOY THEATRE). [ARNOLD, Samuel James]. SKELT, Martin, publisher. ~ Skelt’s Characters & Scenes in The Woodman’s Hut. In 6 Plates Characters 7 Scenes & 2 Plates Wings … London: M[artin]. & M[atthew]. Skelt … [1840s?]
    A complete set of the published figures for a toy theatre production of a popular melodrama (first produced at Drury Lane in 1814). Despite its… (more)

    A complete set of the published figures for a toy theatre production of a popular melodrama (first produced at Drury Lane in 1814). Despite its horror, The Woodman’s Hut was particularly popular for paper toy theatres — though the final forest conflagration may have proved dangerously tempting for some young impressarios. Speaight lists no less than ten juvenile play editions, from nine different publishers.

    ‘[Publisher] Martin Skelt is said to have been a shoemaker in the Minories [close to the Tower of London], and he may have displayed Juvenile Drama sheets in his window, as an agent of the various publishers; some time early in the 1830s he began to buy up the stocks and copper plates of publishers who were closing down, substituting his own name, and reissuing them … Then he seems to have started publishing on his own account, and did a few plays of his own, at a penny a sheet, but he very soon turned to a cheaper type of halfpenny sheet [as here] and published a terrific run of about fifty plays in that style’ (George Speaight, The History of the English Toy Theatre, p. 46).

    The Skelts also issued a book of the play, adapted for use with their plates (V&A only in COPAC).

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  • Le Corbeau. Poème. by POE, Edgar Allan. Charles BAUDELAIRE, translator. P[ierre]. B. Spalaïkovitch, illustrator. POE, Edgar Allan. Charles BAUDELAIRE, translator. P[ierre]. B. Spalaïkovitch, illustrator. ~ Le Corbeau. Poème. Nice: Art Press International, 1978.
    One of 99 copies (this being one of 89 on vélin de Rives) signed by the artist. A superb illustrated Raven by an artist. (more)

    One of 99 copies (this being one of 89 on vélin de Rives) signed by the artist. A superb illustrated Raven by an artist.

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  • Via Crucis ende VII Weeén van Maria. by SPEYBROUCK, Jos. [Jozef]. SPEYBROUCK, Jos. [Jozef]. ~ Via Crucis ende VII Weeén van Maria. Thielt: Lannoo, 1928.
    First edition, presentation copy, one of 500 copies of this striking modernist Stations of the Cross (and Seven Joys of the Virgin). Speybrouck (1891-1956) was… (more)

    First edition, presentation copy, one of 500 copies of this striking modernist Stations of the Cross (and Seven Joys of the Virgin). Speybrouck (1891-1956) was steeped in the religious and artistic culture of the Low Counties and from 1923 to 1940 worked closely with the Benedictine Order at the Abbaye-de-St.-Andre near Bruges

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  • Mad is Rose. by DUBOIS, Lou. DUBOIS, Lou. ~ Mad is Rose. Paris: Venus d’ailleurs, 2014.
    First edition, one of 4 special copies with artist’s ‘interventions’ in the form of collage enhancements: false moustaches, a vintage cabinet card and other collage… (more)

    First edition, one of 4 special copies with artist’s ‘interventions’ in the form of collage enhancements: false moustaches, a vintage cabinet card and other collage cuttings. This copy inscribed to fabled book scout and guitarist, Martin Stone. Total edition 500. Lou Dubois is a contemporary surrealist.

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  • Seul vers l’Asie. Quatre ans en camion automobile. by AMIGUET, Marcel. AMIGUET, Marcel. ~ Seul vers l’Asie. Quatre ans en camion automobile. Paris and Neuchatel: Victor Attinger, 1934.
    First edition, one of 100 copies on hollande, an illustrated travelogue of the author/ illustrator’s overland journey (1926-30) from Paris to Bombay, via Turkye, Syria,… (more)

    First edition, one of 100 copies on hollande, an illustrated travelogue of the author/ illustrator’s overland journey (1926-30) from Paris to Bombay, via Turkye, Syria, Iraq and Persia, in a purpose-built Renault truck. With four original signed etchings at rear.

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  • Le Jeu de Robin et Marion. by BOUCHER, Lucy, illustrator. Adam de la HALLE. BOUCHER, Lucy, illustrator. Adam de la HALLE. ~ Le Jeu de Robin et Marion. Nice: [Cannes: Ateliers d’Art Ryp for] Éditions Sefer, [ 1962].
    A splendid piece of twentieth-century Medievalism, with miniaturist Lucy Boucher’s brilliant hand-finished colour plates inspired by tapestries and stained glass. Le Jeu de Robin et… (more)

    A splendid piece of twentieth-century Medievalism, with miniaturist Lucy Boucher’s brilliant hand-finished colour plates inspired by tapestries and stained glass. Le Jeu de Robin et Marion is usually considered the earliest French secular play with music, written in around 1282 or 1283 — a dramatisation of a traditional genre of medieval French song, the pastourelle. The pastourelle typically tells of an encounter between a knight and a shepherdess, but Adam de la Halle’s version of the story places a greater emphasis on the activities of Marion, her lover Robin and their friends after she resists the knight’s advances.

    One of 380 copies, this one of 246 ‘regular’ copies after copies with original drawings etc. Worldcat lists a single copy (University of Antwerp).

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  • La Maison. by BORDEAUX, Henry. Paul BAUDIER, illustrator. BORDEAUX, Henry. Paul BAUDIER, illustrator. ~ La Maison. Paris: Fayard, Le Livre de Demain, [1926].
    First edition with the Baudier illustrations, number 2 of 15 copies only with the wood engravings on chine, numbered and signed by the artist.

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    First edition with the Baudier illustrations, number 2 of 15 copies only with the wood engravings on chine, numbered and signed by the artist.

    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.

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  • Le Pays natal. by BORDEAUX, Henry. René POTTIER, illustrator. BORDEAUX, Henry. René POTTIER, illustrator. ~ Le Pays natal. Paris: Fayard, Le Livre de Demain, [1925].
    First edition with the Pottier illustrations, number 2 of 15 copies only with the woodcuts on chine, numbered and initialled by the artist.

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    First edition with the Pottier illustrations, number 2 of 15 copies only with the woodcuts on chine, numbered and initialled by the artist.

    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.

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  • BOURGET, Paul. Georges JEANNIOT, illustrator. ~ Tragiques remous. Fayard: Fayard, Le Livre de Demain, [1925].
    First edition with Jeanniot’s illustrations, number 2 of 15 copies with the suite of original woodcuts on chine.

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    First edition with Jeanniot’s illustrations, number 2 of 15 copies with the suite of original woodcuts on chine.

    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.

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  • La Ronde de nuit. by ‘SEM’. [pseudonym of Georges GOURSAT], ‘SEM’. [pseudonym of Georges GOURSAT], ~ La Ronde de nuit. Paris: Fayard, Le Livre de Demain, [1923].
    First edition, one of 15 copies with 9 original woodcuts on chine signed by the engraver. A collection of brilliant memoirs by the celebrated illustrator… (more)

    First edition, one of 15 copies with 9 original woodcuts on chine signed by the engraver. A collection of brilliant memoirs by the celebrated illustrator of Jazz Age Paris. They include ‘Ronde de Nuit’, ‘Les Possèdes’ and ‘L’Age de la Danse’, essays on the world of the clandestine dance clubs of the post Great War era, with illustrated descriptions of tango and the African-American dance craze. The collection is dedicated to Colette and also includes an essay on the early years of aviation and of the coronation of George V.

    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.

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  • La Fée de Port-Cros. by BOURDEAUX, Henry. RENEFER, illustrator. BOURDEAUX, Henry. RENEFER, illustrator. ~ La Fée de Port-Cros. Paris: Fayard, Le Livre de Demain, [1926].
    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… (more)

    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.

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  • Victime expiatore. by CORTHIS, André. HERMANN-PAUL, illustrator. CORTHIS, André. HERMANN-PAUL, illustrator. ~ Victime expiatore. Paris: Fayard, Le Livre de Demain, [1926].
    First edition, number 2 of 15 copies with the original wood engravings on chine. Hermann-Paul, with his sparse and economical style, was one of the… (more)

    First edition, number 2 of 15 copies with the original wood engravings on chine. Hermann-Paul, with his sparse and economical style, was one of the most successful and effective of the French wood engravers of the twenties. He was already very well established by the time of the Great War, and turned to working on wood by necessity as metal for print making became scarce.

    Fayard’s enterprise was one of democratisation — aiming to bring high-quality illustration, 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 woodblocks, with just 15 copies of each (as here) presented with an additional suite specially printed on fine paper from the original blocks.

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  • La Fin d’un beau jour. by JALOUX, Edmond. Paul BAUDIER, illustrator. JALOUX, Edmond. Paul BAUDIER, illustrator. ~ La Fin d’un beau jour. Paris: Fayard, Le Livre de Demain, [1926].
    First edition with the Baudier wood engravings, number 2 of 15 special copies with the suite of original woodcuts on chine. Fayard’s Livres de demain… (more)

    First edition with the Baudier wood engravings, number 2 of 15 special copies with the suite of original woodcuts on chine. 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.

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  • Morte la Bète... La Fugue — Un Soir de pluie... ouvrage inédit. by DUVERNOIS, Henri. Guy DOLLIAN, illustrator. DUVERNOIS, Henri. Guy DOLLIAN, illustrator. ~ Morte la Bète... La Fugue — Un Soir de pluie... ouvrage inédit. Paris: Fayard, Le Livre de Demain, [1924].
    First edition of these three novellas, number 2 of 15 copies with the suite of original woodcuts, initialled by Dollian.

    Fayard’s Livres de demain brought examples… (more)

    First edition of these three novellas, number 2 of 15 copies with the suite of original woodcuts, initialled by Dollian.

    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.

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  • Crapotte by DUVERNOIS, Henri. Achille OUVRÉ, illustrator. DUVERNOIS, Henri. Achille OUVRÉ, illustrator. ~ Crapotte Paris: Fayard, Le Livre de Demain, [1926].
    First illustrated edition of this urbane novel of the Parisian life of a boulevardier (it first appeared in 1918).Number 2 of 15 copies only with… (more)

    First illustrated edition of this urbane novel of the Parisian life of a boulevardier (it first appeared in 1918).Number 2 of 15 copies only with the woodcuts on chine, numbered. 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.

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  • La Cigale. by DELARUE-MARDUS, Lucie. RENEFER, illustrator. DELARUE-MARDUS, Lucie. RENEFER, illustrator. ~ La Cigale. Paris: Fayard, Le Livre de Demain, [1923].
    First edition number 2 of 15 copies only with the woodcuts on chine, numbered and signed by the artist.

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    First edition number 2 of 15 copies only with the woodcuts on chine, numbered and signed by the artist.

    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.

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  • Le petite Fille de Jérusalem. by HARRY, Myriam. Gérad COCHET, illustrator. HARRY, Myriam. Gérad COCHET, illustrator. ~ Le petite Fille de Jérusalem. Paris: Fayard, Le Livre de Demain, [1923].
    First edition with the Cochet illustrations, number 2 of 15 copies only with the woodcuts on chine, numbered and initialled by the artist. Fayard’s Livres… (more)

    First edition with the Cochet illustrations, number 2 of 15 copies only with the woodcuts on chine, numbered and initialled by the artist. 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.

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  • Mitsou. by COLETTE. HERMANN-PAUL, illustrator. COLETTE. HERMANN-PAUL, illustrator. ~ Mitsou. Paris: Fayard, Le Livre de Demain, [ 1923].
    First edition with the Hermann-Paul illustrations, number 2 of 15 copies only with the woodcuts on chine, numbered and signed by the artist in pencil.… (more)

    First edition with the Hermann-Paul illustrations, number 2 of 15 copies only with the woodcuts on chine, numbered and signed by the artist in pencil. A brilliant pairing of one of Colette’s popular novellas (which had first appeared in 1919) with the illustrations of one of the most striking wood engravers of the twenties. He was already very well established by the time of the Great War, and turned to working on wood by necessity as metal for print making became scarce.

    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.

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