ALMANACAlmanach de cocagne pour l’an 1920. Dédié aux vrais gourmands et aux francs buveurs.
Paris, Éditions de La Sirène, (24 December 1919).
12mo, bradel binding signed by Germaine Schroeder, full black paper, the sides covered with a large rectangle of hand-decorated yellow paper with a semé of black and silver dots of varying sizes, smooth spine with lettering piece, black paper doublure and endpapers, yellow edges, original wrappers bound in. 223 pp., (2) pp. Justification, (4) pp. Publisher’s Catalogue.
Decorations by Dufy, Fournier and J. Marchand, 13 full-page woodcuts by Raoul Dufy, Dunoyer de Segonzac, Fauconnet, Othon Friesz, P. Girieud, Laboureur, Le Sieutre, Sonia Lewitzka, André Lhote, L.-A. Moreau, Tobeen and J. Marchand. Complete.
First Edition, trade issue on “papier anglais”.
A lovely example of the work of the famous French designer bookbinder Germaine Schroeder (1889-1983).
“Germaine Schroeder was already binding books before the First World War. Jacques Doucet had asked her to create the first decors designed by Pierre Legrain. By 1925 she had earned a reputation that brought her the clientele of such great bibliophiles as Louis Barthou” (Vrain). “She bound for Coco Chanel and her entourage in the 1920s. Jean Cocteau asked her for a bradel type binding of black paper to preserve his own books” (Jean-Baptiste de Proyart).
The almanac contains texts by Balzac, Apollinaire, Baudelaire, Cocteau, Descaves, Mac Orlan, Max Jacob, Ponchon, Rabelais and others, recipes by the famous cook Nignon and music by Erik Satie and Le Sieutre.
A fine copy.
Ref. Pascal Fouché, La Sirène, p. 307 / Vrain, Reliures de femmes de 1900 à nos jours, pp. 94-97