First World War

THEVENAZ (Paulet) Les Musiques de la Guerre. Hymnes alliés [= The Music of the War. Anthems of the Allied Forces]. Illustré par Paulet Thèvenaz.

Paris, Tolmer & Cie, (15 November) 1915.

Large square 4to, publisher’s half green cloth over pochoir-coloured illustrated white boards.  (28) pp. Complete.

B/w and coloured illustrations throughout, 14 mounted large pochoir vignettes in vivid colours.

First and only edition.

The Music of the War exemplifies a popular theme of unity in diversity: the anthems of the Allies. Heading each page is a narrow illustration of the country at peace, facing it are the degradations of war, above the words and musics. Contains the Marseillaise (France), the Russian anthem, la Brabançonne (Belgium), the anthem of Mameli (Italy), God Save the King, the Japanese anthem and the Serbian anthem. It is perhaps no wonder that the illustrations are so unique when one considers that Paulet Thèvenaz (1891-1921), a Swiss painter and dancer, was a protégé of Cocteau. Paulet Thèvenaz, something of a cult, was born in Geneva and moved to Paris for his studies. In 1914, Cocteau introduced him to Igor Stravinsky and Thevenaz painted a portrait of Igor and his wife. Later that year the artist also met with André Gide and Jacques Copeau and their circle of friends. Thèvenaz wrote about the relationships linking dance, music, sculpture, and painting, earning him the label of “rhythmician”. For a time he was involved with the programme developed by Jacques Dalcroze, also Swiss, popularizing rhythmic gymnastics. In 1917 he moved to New York, where, among other things, he taught at the Dalcroze school and executed portraits and murals for wealthy clients. He died young, and suddenly, of peritonitis.

An unusually clean and fresh copy, rare in this condition.

Ref. Catalogue of the Cotsen Children’s Library, 7745 / Harris & Edelstein, En Guerre, French Illustrators and World War I, 3 & p. 149

Price: 500,00 euros

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