Title: La Legende doree
Publisher: G. Boudet (Libraire Artistique), Paris
Publication Date: 1896
Illustrator: Lunois, Alexandre
152 pages (2). 31 x 25 cm. Seventy-five color lithographs, each recto page with color-printed lithographic vignette by Lunois, each verso text page with wood-engraved border after Lunois. Translated into French by H. Piazza. Limited edition, copy 199 on special wove paper initialed by Piazza and Lunois, from a total edition of 210.Gordon Ray [THE ART OF THE FRENCH ILLUSTRATED BOOK], p.407. ".famous medieval collection of saints' lives. The Middle East, rendered with sunlit charm, is the setting for most of his compositions, but Lunois' most memorable series illustrates the history of Saint Elizabeth of Hungary (pp. 81-121), which he presents with gravity and compassion." Also, "Thanks to the current vogue of artists' lithographs of the turn of the century, the books illustrated by Lunois are returning to favor after long years of neglect." Slight rubbing to extremities, original wrappers bound-in. Quarter tan calf and marbled boards with matching marbled endpapers, backstrip lettered and decorated in gilt. Teg. Near fine. Bookseller Inventory # 18253
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