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VIES IMAGINAIRES. Compositions de George Barbier. Gravées sur bois par Pierre Bouchet.

Barbier, George (illust.) Schwob Marcel

Published by [Paris] Le Livre Contemporain 1929, 1929
Soft cover
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Limited to 120 copies, this being No. 8., and with an illustrated dinner menu added. Engraved pictorial colour half-title, frontispiece, numerous engraved colour illustrations, and full-page color plates. 4to, bound in very fine livres d’artiste binding of full wine-red morocco by Marius Michel, gilt and black stamped in a modern deco-styled geometric line pattern in an all-over design seemingly transcending both covers and the spine, the spine additionally gilt lettered, fine silk end-leaves, gilt ruled wide turn-ins, all edges gilt, in a slipcase of red marbled boards trimmed in morocco. xii, 180, (6) pp. + Illustrated dinner menu for 26 Juin 1929. A very fine copy, the binding only showing a touch of wear along the hinges but very beautiful and impressive nevertheless, the book is pristine. AN ART DECO MASTERPIECE, LIMITED TO ONLY 120 COPIES. In a superb binding by Michel. Barbier was one of the great French illustrators of the early 20th century. In the mid-1920s he worked with Erté to design sets and costumes for the Follies Bergère and in 1929 he wrote the introduction for Erté's acclaimed exhibition and achieved mainstream popularity through his regular appearances in L'Illustration magazine. The "Imaginary Lives" written by French Symbolist writer Marcel Schwob are brought to life by 14 exquisite full page plates and numerous in-text vignettes and rubrication, engraved from Barbier’s original drawings by Pierre Bouchet and printed in fine colour by F. L. Schmied. The "Lives" include tales of well-known figures such as Petrone, Lucretia, Captain Kidd, Pocahontas and Walter Kennedy, all of whom are captured in modern spirit in beautiful Art Deco compositions. There are 22 "Lives" in all. Bookseller Inventory # 23455

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Title: VIES IMAGINAIRES. Compositions de George ...

Publisher: [Paris] Le Livre Contemporain 1929

Publication Date: 1929

Binding: Soft cover

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