One of only 100 copies
Paris, Aux Aldes, chez Bernard Grasset, (1928).
4to, publisher’s illustrated wrappers, chemise and slipcase. 230 pp., (2) pp. 13 original “au repérage” colour etchings comprising a frontispiece and 13 large headpieces; one illustration is repeated on the front cover. Complete.
First illustrated edition.
Beautiful book published by André Malraux and his friend Louis Chevasson under their Aldes imprint, before the author of La Condition humaine joined the NRF as author, reader, editor and artistic director.
Born in Kazan, Alexandre Alexeïeff (1901-1982) spent his childhood between Turkey and Russia. First a Tsarist Navy Cadet, he moved to Paris in 1921. He worked there as decorator and costume designer for cinema and theatre, notably for Louis Jouvet, Georges Pitoëff, the Ballets Russes and the Ballets Suédois. Passionate about drawing and engraving, he illustrated many books, both Russian classics (Anna Karenina, Les Frères Karamazov, Le Docteur Zhivago) and French authors such as André Malraux, Paul Morand, Philippe Soupault and Joseph Kessel. The desire to give life to his engravings pushed him towards the animation cinema and he developped with his wife Claire Parker the technique of pin screen which allowed to animate images with a rendering close to the etching. In 1933, he presented “Une nuit sur le Mont Chauve” (to music by Mussorgsky), the first short film made with this technique. It immediately became a classic. After the war, the artist turned to making advertising films, considered today as true works of art.
One of 90 numbered copies on Hollande ancien à la forme des manufactures Pannekoek de La Haye, watermarked with the author’s name, of a total edition of only 100 copies. No trade issue was published.
Light wear to the chemise/slipcase, else a fine crisp copy.
Price: 2.250,00 euros
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