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  • Florio: a Tale, for fine Gentlemen and fine Ladies: and, The Bas Bleu; or, Conversation: two Poems. by [MORE, Hannah]. [MORE, Hannah]. ~ Florio: a Tale, for fine Gentlemen and fine Ladies: and, The Bas Bleu; or, Conversation: two Poems. London: Printed for T. Cadell... 1786.
    First edition, dedicated to Horace Walpole. The second work, on the Blue Stockings, ‘was never intended to appear in print... [but] was only written with… (more)

    First edition, dedicated to Horace Walpole. The second work, on the Blue Stockings, ‘was never intended to appear in print... [but] was only written with a wish to amuse the amiable Lady to whom it is addressed [i.e. Elizabeth Vesey], and a few partial friends. But copies having been multiplied, far beyond the intention of the Author, she has been advised to publish it...’ (Advertisement). Jackson, p. 123; Jackson, Women, p. 234.

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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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  • 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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  • CRAWFORD, Francis Marion. Marcel SCHWOB, translator. ~ Francesca da Rimini. Traduit par Marcel Schwob. Drame en cinq actes dont un prologue. Représenté au Théâtre Sarah-Bernhardt, le 22 avril 1902. Paris: [L. Maretheux for] Librairie Charpentier et Fasquelle, 1902.
    Presentation copy, signed by Crawford and inscribed from the translator, Marcel Schwob to the manager of the Théâtre Sarah-Bernhardt, Maurice Bernhardt (Sarah’s son). The play… (more)

    Presentation copy, signed by Crawford and inscribed from the translator, Marcel Schwob to the manager of the Théâtre Sarah-Bernhardt, Maurice Bernhardt (Sarah’s son). The play was first performed there in 1902, with Sarah Bernhardt in the title role. Though published in English in 10 copies only to secure copyright, the English edition was not published for circulation until 1980.

    Best known for his supernatural and fantastic fiction, Italian-born American Crawford had studied successively at St Paul’s School, Concord, New Hampshire, Cambridge University the Universities of Heidelberg and Rome. Francesca da Rimini was his only play, commissioned by his friend Sarah Bernhardt. Then 58, she played the 32-year old Francesca to only modest acclaim through 25 performances. The critics were unkind — one writing later: ‘it seems Sarah Bernhardt is incontrovertibly dead. Last year in ‘L'Aiglon’ and this year in ‘Francesca da Rimini,’ she offered convincing proof of her decease’. After its Paris premier, it transferred to the Garrick Theatre in London, for just 8 performances.

    This is a large paper copy one of 20 on japon.

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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.

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

    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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  • Le Pardon Prématuré. by CORTHIS, André. Paul VIGOUREUX, illustrator. CORTHIS, André. Paul VIGOUREUX, illustrator. ~ Le Pardon Prématuré. Paris: Fayard, Le Livre de Demain, [1925].
    First edition with the illustrations by Vigoureux. Number 2 of 15 copies with the suite of all 20 wood engravings on chine, all initially by… (more)

    First edition with the illustrations by Vigoureux. Number 2 of 15 copies with the suite of all 20 wood engravings on chine, all initially 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 meilleur Ami. by BOYLESVE, René. Raphaël DROUART, illustrator. BOYLESVE, René. Raphaël DROUART, illustrator. ~ Le meilleur Ami. Paris: Fayard, Le Livre de Demain, [1923].
    First edition with the illustrations by Drouart. Number 2 of 15 copies with the suite of all 29 wood engravings on chine, all initially by… (more)

    First edition with the illustrations by Drouart. Number 2 of 15 copies with the suite of all 29 wood engravings on chine, all initially 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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