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Lettres a l'Amazone by Remy de Gourmont - First Edition - 1914 - from Michael Laird Rare Books LLC (SKU: 2675)

Lettres a l'Amazone

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Lettres a l'Amazone

by Remy de Gourmont

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Paris: George Cres et Cie, 1914. First Edition. Small 4to. Woodcut frontispiece printed in black and sepia by P.-Eug. Vibert. Contemporary Art-Deco binding by Madeline Gras: full smooth green calf, front and back covers inlaid with two rectangles of brown calf, gilt with the title (upper cover) and oblong ornaments (lower cover), adorned with simple vertical black lines, top edges gilt, others gilt on the rough, endpapers and pastedowns of light brown silk, second endpapers of paper-thin wood (sic), original wrappers bound in (somewhat soiled). Traces of insignificant foxing on Curious pencil notes (by the binder?) on the Table, p. 3, and title-page (date 1914 erased). Original chemise and slipcase (a little worn): smooth light brown calf on spine of chemise, inlaid with brown labels in the center, gilt, boards of paper-thin wood, slipcase covered with paper-thin wood. One of 8 copies on Papier de Chine, from a total edition of 1075. The binding is signed MAD[ELINE] GRAS on the front turn-in. Madeline Gras (1891-1958), was a Parisian binder who first appeared in 1922 at the Salon de la Societe nationale des Beaux-Arts. She regularly exhibition at the Exposition des Artistes decorateurs from 1928 onward. Her skill was such that on occasion she was retained by noted Parisian binder Noulhac; her patrons included David Weill and other important bibliophiles. After WWII, she continued creating fine and decorative bindings until her death. Flety (p. 84) remarks on her inspiration "le plus heureuse la perfection technique de l'execution." Bookbindings by Madeline Gras are scarce on the market; only a single binding by her is traced on Rare Book Hub, which currently lists more than 8 million records in the Rare Book Transaction History database (Sothebys NY, 6/16/2005 lot 157). See: L.-M. Biheng-Martinon, Voyage au pays des relieurs (2004) p. 141.


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About Michael Laird Rare Books LLC

Welcome to Michael Laird Rare Books, LLC. We specialize in fine and rare books, manuscripts, documents, ephemera, fine and historic bookbindings, and illustrated books of every description. Michael Laird is a member of the ABAA (Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America), ILAB (International League of Antiquarian Booksellers), and the Appraisers Association of America (USPAP compliant, and AAA certified in the appraisal of Rare and Antiquarian Printed Books). Michael Laird earned his masters degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Texas at Austin (1989) and has more twenty years experience in the antiquarian booktrade. He is the principal Rare Book and Document appraiser at Winston Art Group (New York) and Gurr Johns (New York). Since 2002 he has taught advanced graduate level courses in Rare Books and Special Collections, most recently at the University of Texas at Austin (School of Information).We invite you to browse through a selection of our inventory: we strive to present the greatest historic detail and bibliographic accuracy, even for lesser priced - but no less interesting - items.We are happy to provide further images of any item: please inquire.Order with confidence: we select every item with great care and discernment; moreover, we examine every page of every book. We are always interested in purchasing fine and rare books, manuscripts, and ephemera; please inquire. We very much appreciate your interest in our work, and your patronage. Thank you!


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