Bruxelles, chez l’éditeur E. Deman, (printed by Alex. Berqueman), (1898).
Large 8vo, quarter dark red shagreen over marbled boards, spine with raised bands, gilt-lettered title and date, top edge gilt, original illustrated grey wrappers bound in. 158pp., (2)pp. Cover and title-page design by the painter and graphic artist Théo Van Rysselberghe. Complete.
First Edition, trade issue on vélin teinté (after 5 copies on Japon impérial and 15 copies on Hollande paper). The book is dedicated to Paul Signac.
A very desirable copy inscribed by the author, on the limitation leaf, to his very dear friends Georges Khnopff (1860-1927), brother of the famed Symbolist painter, and his wife Berthe.
Cover with beautiful enframed design by Théo Van Rysselberghe (1862-1928) printed in olive green and orange. “An ornamental frame surrounds the sun rising behind the curve of the dark earth, crosses diagonally by a surging flame-like motif. The names of the title, author, and publisher are unobtrusively incorporated into the design, oriental in flavour and conception, but entirely northern in impact. Van Rysselberghe was responsible for bringing Neo-Impressionism to Belgium, yet had, at the same time, strong ties to Art Nouveau” (Turn of a Century).
In 1884, Belgian painter and portraitist Théo Van Rysselberghe (1862-1926) founded with Octave Maus the Belgian avant-garde group Les XX. The following decade was a period of intense international artistic exchange for the group, in particular with France. It was at that time that Van Rysselberghe, deeply influenced by Seurat, adopted the Divisionist technique and Neo-Impressionist manner for which he is best known. Following the dissolution of Les XX in 1893, Octave Maus founded and Van Rysselberghe joined La Libre Esthétique, a progressive movement regrouping artists and literary figures. The new group conceived of art as intended for the masses and favoured relations between artistic disciplines including the minor arts. Van Rysselberghe became interested in the arts of the book, designing and ornamenting the works of a whole generation of literary figures, chief among them Emile Verhaeren (1855-1916) and his circle.
Unobstrusive short tear in outer blank margin of page 59. A very good copy.
Ref. The Turn of a Century, Harvard/Houghton, 87 / Adrienne et Luc Fontainas, Publications de la Librairie Deman, 32 / Adrienne et Luc Fontainas, Théo Van Rysselberghe, L’Ornement du livre, p. 65, 12
Price: 600,00 euros
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