1925. A set of four original costume drawings in pen, ink, and gouache for a 1925 Opera Gaston production. Each is signed "George Barbier" and three are also dated "1925." The four exquisite illustrations depict two women and two men in period 19th century costumes. The two women are dressed in gorgeous full gowns. One is in a white ball gown with a multicolored floral design. The other woman is in a daytime costume, with a dark blue full-length shawl and a charming bonnet. The two men are dressed in corresponding attire - one in evening dress and one in a long fur trimmed coat wearing a top hat. Each of the illustrations has handwritten notes on their backs, primarily in pencil, that seem to refer to characters and stage information. Each is numbered with Barbier's name and their numbers - 4, 13, 17, and 20. The drawings are in near fine condition with the slightest aging to paper borders. They are on sheets of paper measuring 8.5 x 10.26 inches. The figures are about 8.5 inches high.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 began with an exhibition at the Fortuny Museum in Venice in 2008, "George Barbier: The Birth of Art Deco," which was the first posthumous exhibition of his work. ORIG/080516.
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1888. A leaf from La Monde Illustree, founded by Henri de Girardin, in 1829. Girardin employed Chevalier , who adopted the nickname Gavarny, and later Gavarni. From 1830 to 1837 Gavarni designed the most feminine and vital of fashion plates. Many of his pieces also featured charming drawings of children. La Mode Illustree was published weekly on Sundays, with illustrations and descriptions of Victorian fashions and the latest must have accessories. There was always a fashion plate. Print method is lithograph on woven, not heavy stock, hand colored, measuring 365 x 265 mm. or approximately 14 3/8 x 10 3/8 inches. Archivally matted. #44952. Fine.
Philadelphia: Louis A. Godey, 1845. Hardcover. Includes the first printing of “The Thousand-and-Second Tale of Scheherazade" on pages 61-67, as well as Poe’s “Marginal Notes – No. I & II,” on pages 49-51 and 120-123, the third and fourth installments of the full series (a sequel to “Marginalia”). Also contains Poe’s reviews of C. Mathews’ "Big Abel and the Little Manhattan" on pages 218-219 and E. Oakes Smith’s "The Poetical Writing" on pages 261-265. Bound together in three-quarter brown leather with marbled paper covered boards and gilt title to spine. Chipping to paper on covers, wear to edges of boards, cracking to spine leather, and minor wear to hinges. Corner of page 53/54 is no longer present, which affects the text of Claire Voyante's "Star Papers - No. II." Occasional stains, spots of foxing, and short closed tears. Includes numerous plates and embellishments. Volume 30 has 284 pages; Volume 31 has 272 pages. PER/010418. Very Good.
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.