A Modern Emblem Book

Jean de BOSCHEREMétiers divins.

Paris, Bibliothèque de "l'Occident" [Anvers, Buschmann], 1913.

Small square 8vo, publisher’s ornamented purple wrappers. 125pp., (2)pp. Text printed in black and violet. 19 original b/w woodcut vignettes by the author/artist throughout. Complete.

First Edition of Boschère’s first book on the Book of Trades motif, it is dedicated to his dear friend the noted Belgian folkorist, poet and illustrator Max Elskamp (1862-1931).

Jean de Boschère [or Bosschère, 1878-1943), Belgian-born painter, engraver and poet long active in England and also in France. Having graduated in 1900 from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, de Boschère paid several visits to Paris between 1901 and 1905, where he met writers interested in the Occult. He supported himself as an art critic until the outbreak of the First World War, and during this period became an admirer of the mystic Catholic writer Paul Claudel. In 1915 he fled the Great War for London where he met, not only Pound, but also fellow Imagist poets like Richard Aldington and John Gould Fletcher, as well as D.H. Lawrence and Aldous Huxley. His own first collection of poetry (Beale-Gryne) was published in 1909 and he continued to write poetry and novels throughout his life, which he illustrated. In London he worked as an illustrator for several publishers, developing his own distinctive style of fantasy illustration. His fascination with the occult is apparent in his whimsical, child-like, often grotesque designs. His pictures suggest a cross between Hieronymus Bosch, Pieter Bruegel, Willy Pogany, Aubrey Beardsley and Harry Clarke. Persian miniatures too influenced his idiosyncratic style. “M. de Bosschère is certainly the most accomplished artist engaged in illustrating books, and his special sense of the decorative quality of black and white and his purity of line are a great pleasure” (The Little Review, 1920).

Limited to 325 copies, the first 25 on Holbein, the others on Drury Rag paper.

A fine copy, with the spine unfaded.

Price: 300,00 euros

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