1911. The French artist George Barbier (1882-1932) was one of the most sophisticated and prolific illustrators and designers of his era. His Art Deco creations using the techniques of pochoir printing were both modern and classic, highly stylized, and extremely colorful. He became extremely popular after his first exhibition at the age of twenty-nine, and was widely sought after to design theater and ballet costumes, illustrate books, and most notably to produce haute couture fashion illustrations. He was somewhat forgotten after his early death at age fifty, but there has been strong renewed interest in his work in recent years. This beautiful pochoir illustration is a Greek fan composition that had appeared in an album done for the French fashion designer, Jeanne Paquin, who was the first woman to head a major Parisian fashion house. The album, limited to 300 copies, comprised seven plates done by Paul Iribe, Georges Lepape, and Barbier. Of the seven plates this was the only one by Barbier. It is a classical image of Pan playing his pan-pipes, and a dancer and a couple in a woods. The design and colors are quintessential Barbier, with its stylized design and deeply rich colors. There is a small black and white drawing of Pan on the lower right border. Printed on a 13.5 x 17.5 sheet. A few light spots on the white borders otherwise in near fine condition. ORIG/072916.
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Seattle: Marquand Editions, 2017. Number 23 of 50 copies signed by Reiko, Marquand, and Birnbaum. There were also five lettered hors de commerce. This splendid production honors the achievements of Reiko Sudo, considered one of the great textile designers of our time, the renowned "weaver of new ideas." Sudo and Ed Marquand of Marquand Editions worked together to design and produce this artists' book that offers an in-depth exploration of Sudo's textiles, techniques, materials and more. Over 140 distinct textiles are represented in four bento box-style book-objects: they include three scarves, a notebook of cloth samples and collages assembled by Sudo. The first box has two booklets, one with Sudo's autobiography and the other a detailed guide to the boxes including the colophon, and three beautiful scarves. Box two has the textile collages that demonstrate techniques and materials. Box three is the Nuno Compendium - a notebook of cloth samples. Box four contains tools and raw materials she uses in her practice. Each of the boxes is covered by lovely examples of Nuno textiles. The top box also has a fabric lid. Reiko Sudo is co-founder, current CEO, and design director of Nuno Corporation of Tokyo, universally recognized as one of the world’s most innovative textile companies. Her company takes the techniques, materials and aesthetics of traditional textiles and reinterprets them with cutting-edge technologies. Sudo and her design team, together with the company’s skilled weavers and dyers, have greatly broadened the parameters of contemporary design in the industry, experimenting with an eclectic array of materials, ranging from silk, cotton and polyester to hand-made paper and aluminum, and finishing methods that include salt-shrinking, rust-dyeing and caustic burning. The results are distinctive, intriguing and indisputably remarkable. Her works are represented in the permanent collections of many institutions, including the Museum of Modern Art; the Victoria & Albert Museum; and the Tokyo National Museum of Modern Art Craft Gallery [Nuno website]. Boxes measure 1.25 x 10.25 x 10.5 inches. In fine condition. ARTB/041919. Fine.
Philadelphia: Louis A. Godey, Publishers' Hall, 1849. Hardcover. Includes the first printing of “Mellonta Tauta" on pages 133-138 of Volume 38. On pages 417 - 419 of Volume 39 there is a letter and poem ("The Lady Hubbard") attributed to Poe; however, these were written as a hoax and neither is actually by Poe. Includes all 12 issues from 1849. Both volumes are bound together in three-quarter black leather with with black pebbled cloth boards and gilt title to spine. Front hinge is starting with a three inch crack starting at the bottom. Heavy wear to top corner of front board. Includes numerous colored fashion plates and other steel engravings. Occasional spots of foxing and spots of soiling, but clean overall. Minor spots of dampstaining to top margins of pages of some issues. Volume 38 is 440 pages; Volume 39 is 470 pages. PER/010518. Very Good.