27 November 2008,
London, King Street
Price Realised GBP 25,000
EXTER, Alexandra (1882-1949) and François VILLON (c.1431-1463). Illustrated manuscript of Villon's Les Lais, Paris, 1 November, 1942.
1 vol., 2° (334 x 252mm). 30 leaves, including 7 full-page gouaches by Exter on Régis L. Bourdillon paper, calligraphy in black, red and blue ink by Guido Colluci, signed in the colophon by Exter and Colluci. Contemporary calf by Gruel, sides tooled in blind with a saltire and a semé of circle and diamond tools, spine titled in gilt (extremities lightly rubbed).
WITH SEVEN ORIGINAL GOUACHES BY ALEXANDRA EXTER. Exter, an avid reader, was keen to illustrate those books she liked most. She had collaborated with Colluci for their manuscript of André Gide's Traité du Narcisse, and Lydia Cabrera's Chant Nègre and, also in 1942, Horace's Odes à Bacchus. Villon's Lais, forms part of his Testaments, a poetical work of outstanding quality and innovation, which introduced new themes and vigour to Medieval literature. The colophon mentions 20 examples, this one numbered 4, but it is possible that fewer were made: ABPC records no copy selling at auction in 25 years.
New York +1 212 636 2000
London +44 (0)20 7839 9060
Hong Kong +852 2760 1766
Shanghai +86 21 6355 1766
No VAT on hammer price or buyer's premium.