Inscribed to Pierre Bourgeois, an important figure of the Belgian avant-garde

Henry VAN DE VELDELe Nouveau. Son apport à l'architecture et aux industries d'art.

Brussels, Abbey of La Cambre, Published by the "Amis de l'Institut supérieur des Arts décoratifs" [Friends of the School of Decorative Arts] , [Press of the School], (1929/30).

Tall 8vo, publisher’s quarter cream paper over embossed mustard paper boards printed in black on first side, untrimmed. 2 blank leaves, 37 pp., (2) pp., 2 blank leaves. Complete.

First Edition, inscribed by Henry van de Velde, on the second blank leaf, to the important Belgian poet Pierre Bourgeois (1898-1976), a key figure of the Belgian avant-garde, friend of Magritte, co-founder of several periodicals, including the famous “7 Arts” journal defending Constructivist ideas, “L’Aurore” and the “Journal des Poètes”, brother of the innovative architect Victor Bourgeois admired by Mallet-Stevens, Le Corbusier and Fernand Léger.

The inscription reads: “à Pierre Bourgeois, mes vifs remerciements pour ses ‘Nouvelles compositions lyriques’ et avec l’assurance de ma vive et sympathique admiration, van de Velde, Dec[ember] [19] 30”.

Elegant production privately printed at the La Cambre School of Arts using for the first time in Belgium the Futura typeface designed by Paul Bremmer and introduced into Belgium by Henry van de Velde himself.

The famed architect and designer Henry van de Velde (1863-1957) was trained as painter, but developed further as an architect, interior designer, designer, teacher and artistic adviser. He left an impressive oeuvre and built up an international career, boasting a great number of creations in Belgium, Germany, The Netherlands and France. Among his best-known buildings are the villa Bloemenwerf in Brussels, various Art Nouveau residences in Weimar, the Kröller-Müller Museum in Otterlo and the modernist Boekentoren of the University of Ghent. He was one of the originators of the school of art that gave rise to the Bauhaus and founded the La Cambre School of Arts in Brussels. In his furniture, silverware, porcelain, jewellery, book bindings and other creations, he proved able, as no other, to combine practical utility with elegant sturdiness, thereby gaining international renown.

One of 300 numbered copies on Pannekoek paper of a total issue of 310 copies only.

Boards faintly darkened in outline, a very good copy.

Ref. Pascal de Sadeleer, Un centenaire fin de siècle, IV, La sphinge, 1996, 230 / Herman Lampaert, 330 Couvertures de livres et leur colophon 2010-1910, 2010, 288 / Henry van de Velde dans les collections de la Bibliothèque royale Albert 1er, 1993, 105 / Van de Velde, La Cambre et le livre, Bruxelles, La Cambre, 2007, p. 71 /

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