Inscribed Copy

REMY (Tristan)

40 Ex-libris de cirque.

Paris, “Cirques” [No. 10], Les Cahiers de Tristan Remy, Série « Documents », 1959.

4to, original printed wrappers, small bookplate mounted on the first side, small round vignette in centre of back cover. 34 pp., 40 original bookplates, of which 38 tipped-in. Complete.

First and only edition, printed with a duplicating machine by “Les Circulaires Lagneau” in Paris. It is the first issue of the “Cahiers” forming the third series of “Cirques”, Revue d’histoire du Cirque edited by Tristan Rémy.

Limited to 200 numbered copies reserved for subscribers and contributors.

A contributor’s copy, with on the first page, a signed envoi from the author to the engraver and writer Jocelyn Mercier (1926-2006) and an ex-dono from the latter “à Sylvie Mercier, son admirateur, J. Mercier”  [to Sylvie Mercier, his admirer, J. Mercier].

With bookplates by Cees Bautzinger, Jean Brunary, Alessandro Cervellati, Otto Christl, Germain Delatousche, Charles Favet, Roger Guit, Jocelyn Mercier, Armand Nakache, Charles Piot, Pierre Taillis, Francisco Taltavull, Émile Tilmans, Robert Veno, Ignasi Vidal and José Vinyes.

Tristan Rémy (pseudonym of Rémy Després, 1897-1977), journalist, poet, novelist, circus historian and founder of the Union des Historiens du Cirque. A passionate fan of the circus and music hall, Tristan Rémy was a chronicler of these popular shows, which led him to pursue in-depth historical research into the art of clowning, enabling him to write “Les Clowns”, a book that is still a reference today. He was an assiduous reader at the Bibliothèque de l’Opéra and even worked with one of the curators to write the catalogue of the library’s circus iconography. In November 1961, he donated a collection of posters from the “Art et Action” aesthetic group to the Bibliothèque de l’Opéra. In 1977, he donated his collection of circus prints and photographs (notably portraits of clowns from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries), as well as his archives and working notes on the circus and mime, forming the Fonds Rémy.

A very good copy.