CHAGALL, Marc (1887-1985; illustrator), Jean GIRAUDOUX, Paul MORAND, Max JACOB, André SALMON, Pierre MAC-ORLAN, and others. Les Sept péchés capitaux. Paris: Simon Kra, 1926.
4° (255 x 195mm). 31 engravings by Chagall, comprising a suite of 15 plates, a duplicate suite printed in sepia, and an additional plate printed in sepia. (Light offsetting from the plates onto the facing leaf of text.) Finely bound by Paul Bonet in 1930 preserving the original wrappers, the covers with an Art Deco design of interlocked polygonal morocco onlays in various shade of brown, the perimeter of each ruled in white, the front cover lettered with the seven deadly sins in variously coloured morocco against a gilt ground, the back cover with the names of the seven collaborators in a similar manner, titled up the spine in black morocco against a gilt ground, turn-ins matching the covers, silk doublures with a multi-coloured stripe pattern, housed in a paper covered slipcase with morocco-lined aperture and morocco backed chemise; Bonet’s stamp on the inside front cover and, tipped on a blank, a typed letter signed on Bonet’s letterhead, dated 20 DECEMBER 1930, RECORDING the conception of this fine binding in collaboration with R. Gorce and A. Jeanne (spine of chemise lightly and evenly faded, slipcase lightly scuffed).
FIRST EDITION OF THIS COLLECTION OF TEXTS ON THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS ILLUSTRATED BY MARC CHAGALL WITH 15 ORIGINAL ENGRAVINGS: a fine copy in a superb contemporary art deco binding by Paul Bonet.
It is one of the first illustrated books by the Russian-born artist; Chagall’s first original engravings for a book appeared in Berlin in 1923 i.e. three years earlier. One of 240 copies on vélin from an edition of 300 copies.
Rauch, Les Peintres et le Livre, 145; Kornfled 47-62; Meyer-Cramer 7; Skira, Anthologie, 45.