No. 28 of 44 copies printed on Japon Imperial. Large folio. 45 by 36 cm. One page preface followed by 18 pochoir plates of the leading actresses of the Fin-de-Siecle Parisian stage, with two plates of Sarah Bernhardt. Other actresses include Lucienne Breval, Marthe Brandes, Marie-Louise Marsy, Lara, Yahne, Rejane, Megard, Marcelle Lender, Lavalliere, Lucie Gerard, Cassive, Marthe Mellot, Simon Girard, Mariette Sully, Cecile Sorel and Jeanne Granier. The actresses are in costume, and Cappiello's approach is both highly stylized, yet also light and frothy, caricature perfectly befitting the frivolity of the period. Leonetto Cappiello (1875-1942) is best known for his revolutionary poster designs. He got his professional start, though, as a caricaturist for publications such as "Le Rire", "L'Assiette au Beurre", and "Le Cri de Paris", and theater caricature was a major sideline of his. The caricatures in this set embody many of the qualities of his later posters -- their simplicity, their fillip of drama, etc. Condition: slight creasing in the lower corner. The plates have essentially detached from the spine, as is typical, and slight chipping to the lower extremity of the spine. A touch of soiling on the glassine. Overall, very clean, and still about as lovely a copy as one is bound to see.