(Paris), Les Cent Une, 1936.
4to, bound by René Kieffer, full brown levant morocco, blind-stamped décor of small fleurons and curved fillets on both sides and the spine, large gilt rectangle with floral design on both sides, gilt-lettered spine, top edge gilt, inner curved fillets, marbled doublures and endpapers, original wrappers bound in, (bookbinder’s ticket inside front cover). (52) pp. Complete.
Title vignette, 3 headpieces, 3 decorated capital letters and 3 endpieces by the French painter and engraver Louis Henri Deluermoz (1876-1943), a pupil of Gustave Moreau, engraved by Georges Beltrand. Typography by Maurice Darantière (1882-1962).
First Edition, published to celebrate to tenth anniversary of the French society of women bookcollectors “Les Cent Une” [The 101]. One of 111 numbered copies for society members of a total issue of only 154 copies.
A very special copy with added original material relating to the making of the book bound in (several proofs of the illustrations, text proofs with corrections, autographed letters, a typescript, etc. | Detailed list sent upon request).
Renée de Brimont (1880-1943), née Bonnin de La Bonninière de Beaumont, French poet, specialist of 19th century French literature, great-granddaughter of Lamartine. She contributed to the “Revue des deux mondes” and was the first president of the society “Les Cent Une”. This association, created in 1926 by Princess Schakhowskoy, has the particularity of bringing together only women bibliophiles and has one hundred and one members. For nearly a century, it has been publishing fine press books combining unpublished text with original illustrations by a contemporary artist.
A fine copy.
Price: 1500,00 euros
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