DERAIN, André (1880-1954) – RABELAIS, François (1483 ou 1494-1553). Les Horribles et espovantables faictz et prouesses du très renommé Pantagruel Roy des Dipsodes fils du grand géant Gargantua. Paris: Albert Skira, 1943.
4º (342 x 275mm). 180 woodcuts by Derain, including on the front cover, frontispiece, and title vignette, 21 of these full-page. Finely bound by Robert Cochet, preserving the original wrappers, the covers with a large central panel with variously coloured leather onlays after the Derain design on p.179, the view from inside Pantagruel’s mouth, lettered in aubergine morocco, all within a border of bands of alternating gilt and blind tools, gilt edges, doublures of tan suede, brown morocco-backed chemise and slipcase (slipcase with splits to some joints).
A JOYFUL AND RICHLY ILLUSTRATED EDITION WITH 180 WOODCUTS, PRINTED IN COLOURS, BY DERAIN .
For these fine woodcuts directly inspired by the xylography of Rabelais’s time, Derain, the great master of woodcut illustration, developed a process without black outlines which required significant intervention by hand to colour the blocks, resulting in variations between copies and the ‘caractère pour ainsi dire unique de chaque volume’ (Chapon).
Number 57 of 275 copies on Vélin d'Arches, signed by Derain. Rauch 38; Garvey 81; Chapon, Le Peintre et le Livre, p. 155.