Original drawing: Mystere Laic

COCTEAU Jean

Publication Date: 1928
From Bauman Rare Books (Philadelphia, PA, U.S.A.)

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COCTEAU, Jean. "Le Mystère Laic" [Paris], 1928. Original pen-and-ink design for a title page, drawn on cream wove stock measuring 8 by 10 inches; handsomely framed, entire piece measures 14 by 18 inches. $7200.Cocteau s original design for the title page of Le Mystère Laic (The Secular Mystery), his treatise on the art of de Chirico.This original design was produced by Cocteau as a title page for his Le Mystère Laic, "a fine treatise on the art of the Italian painter Giorgio de Chirico In this work Cocteau extended himself into the area of aesthetic theory that he had explored in Le Coq and his exegesis of Picasso De Chirico was grateful for Cocteau s understanding and support and some years later did a series of fine lithographs for Cocteau s book Mythologie" (Emboden, 44). See The Artist and the Book 56. From the collection of George Verdak, who danced with the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo from 1942-1951 later became Artistic Director of the Indianapolis Ballet Theater and chairman of the Dance Department at Butler University. Accompanied by a copy of the first edition of Cocteau s Le Mystere Laic (The Secular Mystery), with five drawings by Giorgio de Chirico, one of 3000 numbered copies. Cocteau s design does not appear in the final version of the book, though the first copy in the limitation was issued with an original drawing by Cocteau, most likely from the same series from which this drawing comes. Light stain to top margin, not affecting drawing. A splendid original drawing, larger than most. Bookseller Inventory # 62835

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Title: Original drawing: Mystere Laic

Publication Date: 1928

Edition: 1st Edition

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