COLETTELe Voyage égoïste. Edition originale illustrée de lithographies en couleurs par Charles Guérin.

Paris, Editions d’art Edouard Pelletan, Helleu et Sergent, Editeurs, 1922.

4to, original printed wrappers. 111 pp., (4) pp. Typography by Lahure. Twelve original colour lithographs in the text by Charles Guérin. Complete.

First Edition of this collection of short stories by the great French writer and first illustrated edition.

One of 250 copies on Arches paper (second paper) of a total issue of 310 copies.

Loosely inserted is a suite of the twelve lithographs in black on Chine paper.

Sidonie Gabrielle Claudine Colette (1873-1954) was born in St-Sauveur-en-Puisaye, France. When she was 16 years old, Colette’s family moved to Chatillon-Coliquy where she met and married the ambitious young novelist Henri Gauthier-Villars. Colette and her husband collaborated on a series of stories fashioned after Colette’s escapades as a young girl in Burgundy. Under the pseudonym of “Willy”, they produced the financially successful series of Claudine novels between 1900-1904. Best remembered for her 1944 novel Gigi, some of Colette’s other books include The Vagabond, Chéri, and The Last of Chéri. After divorcing in 1906, she supported herself in the music halls of Paris until she married writer Henri de Jouvenel in 1910. Continuing her work as a novelist, Colette also worked as a journalist, contributing to such magazines as Vogue and Le Matin. In 1945, Colette became the first, and only, woman ever elected to the Goncourt Academy. She was given a formal state funeral by the French government.

Charles Guérin (1875-1939), French painter, illustrator and lithographer. Guérin was a student of Gustave Moreau at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris.  He began exhibiting in 1897 at the Salon de la Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts, the Salon d’Automne from 1903, and the Salon des Indépendants from 1906. He exhibited primarily at the Galerie Druet in Paris and in many European cities including Munich in 1898, 1900 and 1911, Brussels in 1908, Amsterdam in 1912, and Rome in 1913. In 1923, he was one of the founders of the Salon des Tuileries. The artist was an admirer of Monet and Renoir.

A fine copy.

Price: 750,00 euros

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