Paris: 1937. Paperback. Number 158 of 500 copies, the first 200 of which were reserved for the writers of the book. This remarkable deluxe collection of writings and art about Paris was commissioned by the city of Paris to celebrate their hosting the World’s Fair of 1937. The volume includes original prose, poetry, and illustrations by the leading writers and artists of France. There are thirty-one sections on various quarters, neighborhoods, gardens, avenues and boulevards, each with a short piece written by an eminent writer and engravings by two notable artists. For each section there is a full-page illustration by an artist associated with the area and a smaller one on the first page of the section by the other artist. Among the writers are Paul Valery, Raymond Escholier, Colette, Paul Claudel, Abel Bonnard, and Jules Romains. The participating artists are equally impressive, and include Matisse, Andre Derain, Raoul Dufy, Marie Laurencin, Pierre Bonnard, Edouard Vuillard, Jean Laboureur, and Andre Lhote. Each section is a separate folder with the full-page illustration of the following section as its last page. The folders are encased in a paper wrapper with the title and a color illustration on its cover. The entire production is housed in a chemise of dark blue paper covered boards with a red leather spine label which fits into a blue paper and linen slipcase. The slipcase is in very good condition with a few chips and bumps. The contents are also in very good condition; however, pages 286-288 are missing. They included the full-page illustration by Gabriel Belot and Renefer for “Les Musees.” Page 277, the first page of “Les Eglises de Paris” has a repaired tear. Still, a splendid collection of French art and prose commemorating Paris on the eve of the Second World War. 294 pages plus table of illustrations. ART/012412. Very Good.
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Montreal: Cecile Cote, 2011. Hardcover. Chicago binder, book, and installation artist Karen Hanmer’s intimate, playful works fragment and layer text and image to intertwine memory, cultural history, and the history of science. Her work weds the ancient art of book binding with the high tech use of the computer to aid her process. The intimate scale and the gestures of exploration required to travel through each piece evoke the experience of looking through an album, a diary, or the belongings of a loved one. However, her works often take the forms of games or puzzles, and many include witty text. Number 57 of 75 copies. Signed and numbered by the poet Vigneault and illustrator Imiolek. Gilles Vigneault (1928 - ) is a Quebecois poet, publisher and singer-songwriter, and Quebec nationalist and sovereigntist. This finely bound book was part of 2013 exhibition organized by Les Amis de la Reliure d’Art du Canada, the Canadian chapter of ARA, an international organization devoted to promoting art bookbinding. Each of the exhibitors created a unique binding for La Couleur du Vent. The design of Karen’s binding makes reference to repeated motifs from Nastassja Imiolek’s illustrations. Bound in full yellow goatskin that is sewn onto flattened cords and laced into boards. With hand-titling and tooling in 23 kt. gold and red and black foils. Doublures and endpapers of red Cave paper. Hand-sewn headbands and three edges rough gilt. Housed in a red cloth clamshell box with leather title label to spine. A beautiful production in fine condition. Unpaginated. Size: 10.25 x 6.75 x .75 inches. PRI/061917. Fine.