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Nos Baptemes
1 Nos Baptemes
1928 Stiff Wraps Very Good Plus 
4to. 30 by 24 cm. 18 leaves, with a prototype baptism announcement card mounted on every page, for a total of 36 such cards. The cards are of varying styles and print media, with an Art Deco aesthetic and pochoir process decidedly dominant, as befitting the time of issue. The cards are mounted on a light card stock, and printed on this card is inventory stock numbering and a name for the card, with such titles being things like "Serenite", "Charme", "Silhouettes", "Caresses" or "Au Temps Jadis". On the cards proper are printed dates and Christian names, as if the cards were actual announcements. The base cards over have each two bands of gilt decoration. Between each of the card sheets are tissue guards. The folio cover is of a very heavy card stock and is decorated with light gilt lettering in the title and also a band of wavy Art Deco ornamentation. Decorative brass florets hold together the stab binding. Alas, there is no information on the issue of this catalogue. A few of the cards have small signatures of the artists, whose names do not necessarily sound French, so one can infer that the same cards could be found perhaps in the U.K. and the U.S. However, a good number of cards are unmistakably Gallic in their flair and style. Other than evidence of light wear on the cover, clean and fine. 
Price: 400.00 USD
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2 Arnoux, Guy (1886 - 1951) Jeux et Divertissements. 10 Images en Couleurs
Paris Chez Devambez Editions d'Art First edition Wraps Very Good 
Scarce, yet slightly incomplete, spectacular set of pochoir plates. The only other copy of this set of plates found at Pennsylvania State (by an OCLC search) and apparently not in the Bibliotheque Nationale de France (by check of its own catalogue). N.d., circa 1920. Oblong, 29 by 36.5 cm. Only eight of ten pochoir plates, plus decorated title. The plates depict card playing, bird shooting, fishing, dice, dancing, skating, archery and blind man's bluff, with all the elegant men and women of the eighteenth century Ancien Regime. The colors have a rich lushness characteristic of the best pochoir, and the figures are pared down and stylized yet also easily representational as in many of Arnoux's other book illusrations. Ex-lib light -- a small, neat inked number in a corner of the backs of the plates, not the least disconcerting, and no hint of ex-lib on the cover or the plate fronts. Light soiling to the cover. A few small tape repairs in the margins not coming close to the imagery. 
Price: 750.00 USD
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3 Arnoux, Guy. Edité par Martine 12 Chansons. Tirees des Recueils Anciens par les soins d'un Amateur avec les principaux Couplets de l’époque et des Illustrations nouvelles de Mr. Guy Arnoux, Artiste à Paris
Paris Paul Dupont First Edition Hardcover. Paper pastedown. Very Good 
Richly colored pochoir plates, most with a military subject. (Also hunting, early 19th century fashion, the racetrack, Frère Jacque.) N.d., circa 1910s. Oblong, 25 by 33 cm. 26 pp. A dozen pochoir plates. (Table of contents, pochoir plate on left, song with musical notation on right, last page with publication info.) Arnoux's illustrations have a deliberately naive quality, with big splashes of bold color, and are invariably visually arresting. The leaves are doubled over or folded over Japanese style. Cover is soiled. Rebacked. Heavy wear to edges, with chipping of edge paper pastedown. Prelim blank is chipped and creased. Actual content well-preserved and clean, with pochoirs bright and lovely. 
Price: 245.00 USD
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Vases Japonais, Beauvalet.  Chevalier de Saint-Victor
4 Beauvalet. Chevalier de Saint-Victor Vases Japonais
Paris Box Very Good Plus 
A suite of 23 dazzling color plates of Japanese vases produced with a novel "pochoir"-like process around 1840. Each measures 46.5 by 35.5 cm, and in a small cursive handwritten note on the title page, the prints are described as "aquarelles miniatures", which happens to be the term Beauvalet used for his process. Beauvalet published a book in 1835 entitled "Aquarelle-Miniature Perfectionnee reflets metallique et chatoyans et peintre a l'huile sur velous en six leons," and in this book he speaks of a process of mixing watercolors which were to be successively applied to paper in a stencil process -- tantamount to what is now known as pochoir. Whether the procedure described accurately described fully what Beauvalet actually did so that the same effects could be replicated, it is indisputable that Beauvalet managed to achieve an uniquely lustrous effect, with colors and a sheen produced in this and the small body of other works credited to Beauvalet that were unlike anything else being produced at the time, whether through outright painting, start to finish, or any other kind of printing technology. Unlike the best chromolithography, for example, there is a softness to the color, and the tonal gradation is peerless. Notwithstanding the publication of this work, Beauvalet's process did not catch on. Just like later pochoir, to be done right the process was both labor and skill intensive -- it was not necessarily less demanding than simply traditional painting. And it would appear that even though this work was "printed", not many copies of it were made. Indeed, we have not been able to locate any other copies of this work. Beauvalet did produce two large series of plates using the same process, one consisting of 96 drawings of ancient and Etruscan vases and other objects, made at the behest of Louis Philippe, and a series of drawings of fruits and butterflies for the Empress Marie Louise (the second wife of Napoleon, who after his overthrow, became the Duchess of Parma). This group of Japanese vases was owned by A. M. Plailly, which we know from the small inscription on the title page. Unknown if the set is complete. All the vases are bright and fresh. Light occasional hand soiling to the margins. One minor marginal closed tear. Two plates with darker corner soiling, not coming close to the image (nor within the framing lines). One plate with a large-ish corner loss, also not coming even close to the image. The backs of all the plates have four paste spots, indicating that at one time the suite was matted and framed. Now housed in a modern black cloth box. 
Price: 24000.00 USD
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5 Boulenger, Jacques De la Walse au Tango La danse mondaine du 1er Empire a nos jours.
Paris Chez Devambez 1920 Limited First Edition Wraps Near Fine 
No. 816 of 1,100 copies, this one on Velin. 4to. 29 by 22.5 cm. 76 pp. Seven color plates hors-texte by Goyon, Cappiello, Domergue, Guy Arnoux, Sem, Eduard Halouze and Drian. Many other illustrations throughout the text as well by Henri Monnier, Gavarni, Bertall, Gustave Janet, etc. A wonderful of social dancing during the 19th and early 20th century, and thus indirectly, also of society and its evolving mores. Light wear. Perhaps a trivial amount of soiling to the wraps. Clean within. 
Price: 1450.00 USD
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6 Hermant, Abel. Illustrations by Umberto Brunelleschi Phili ou Par-de-la le Bien et le Mal Conte Moral orné d’Aquarelles
Paris Édition de la Guirlande 1921 Limited Edition Half Morocco. Marbled Boards. Near Fine 
No 273 of 275 copies, this one on Vergé D'Arches. 4to. 27.5 by 18.5 cm. Unpaginated, about 155 pages. With 12 pochoir plates, and 93 color vignettes dispersed through the text. The pochoir was done by Jean Saudé. The story concerns princes in exile hopping from one grand hostelry to another, a louche lifestyle brought on by the overturning of the old order by the First World War, and the Nouveau Riches and gold-digging Flappers they encounter in the new age of faster automobiles and the like. The illustrations glamorize the new silhouette and streamlined fashions and capture the rage for the fox trot and tango and as always. As always, Brunelleschi shows an affinity for the exotic and a kind of Orientalism. Original wraps are bound in to lovely half-morocco binding. Minor light foxing on the fore-edge. Minimal sunning of the spine. Otherwise, a clean, bright and very handsome copy. 
Price: 6000.00 USD
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L'Éventail et la Fourrure chez Paquin, Iribe, Paul, George Barbier and Georges Lepape, illustrators
7 Iribe, Paul, George Barbier and Georges Lepape, illustrators L'Éventail et la Fourrure chez Paquin
Paris Maquet 1911 First Hardcover folio. Paper pastedown on boards. Very Good 
Magnificent pochoir illustrations in a most extraordinary trade catalogue and promotion. 300 copies in limitation and on papiers de luxe, this copy being unnumbered and thus possibly out of series. Folio, 49.5 by 35 cm. Seven pochoir plates, four of hand fans, and three, fashion plates featuring furs. Jeanne Paquin was one of the leading couturiers at the turn of the century, and arguably the most esteemed and dominant between the times of Charles Frederick Worth and Coco Chanel. Scarce, with only one copy located on OCLC First Search, at the Kunstbibliothek, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. Condition: soiling on the folio cover, including some inked arithmetic written on rear cover. Lacking one blank tissue guard. Other guards with crinkling, one tear. Light foxing of endpapers. Pochoirs are vivid, bright and fresh. 
Price: 4500.00 USD
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8 Loti, Pierre [pseudonym for Louis Marie-Julien Viaud]. Illustrations by Maurice de Becque. Reproductions (the pochoir process) by Jean Saudé Le Mariage de Loti
Paris Librairie Lemercier 1927 Limited Edition. First Edition thus. Three Quarter Morocco. Marbled Boards Near Fine 
1 of 12 copies to the limitation, this being a presentation copy to Madame de Becque, the wife of the illustrator. Beautiful 3/4 morocco binding by Saulnier. 4to. 28 by 22 cm. 208 pp., with 18 color plates, and twelve vignettes, and a second suite of all the illustrations in just outline form bound in at the end, along with the spine to the wraps. (The wrap cover serves as one of the three title pages.) In its original title, "Raharu", this is the novel that put Loti on the map in 1880, and it served as the inspiration for Leo Delibes' once popular opera, "Lakmé", which premiered just three years later. Essentially, Loti was the authorial counterpart to Gauguin in plunging whole into Tahitian society, and his pen-name, "Loti", followed from this novel. Without question one of Loti's greatest strengths as a writer was the color he brought to his descriptions and exotic subject matter, and these pochoirs most definitely honor and capture that mastery. The bright plates and vignettes could be mistaken for actual painting, and they are a feast to the eye. Apparently scarce, with the only copy we could locate at the BNF -- no copies of this edition were found at all on OCLC or in commerce. A few tiny specks of discoloration on the spine, and very light edgewear. Otherwise, clean, and pristine inside. 
Price: 2500.00 USD
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9 Mauclair, Camille. Illustrations by H. Cassiers Le Charme de Venise
Paris Editions d'Art H. Piazza 1955 Limited Edition Wraps, Chemise, Slipcase Fine 
No. 1,500 of 1,600 limitation, on Prioux velin blanc. 8vo. 24 by 18 cm. 181, [1] pp. Wraps in glassine, with titled board chemise and matching slipcase. The impressionistic watercolors capture the magical dreaminess of Venice superbly. A beautiful copy of a beautiful book. 
Price: 195.00 USD
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