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9 June 2015
PATORNI, Aurèle (1882-1955). Le Fou; Poèmes. Edition illustré par Edouard Chimot, comprenant six eaux fortes gravées par l'artiste et six bois gravés d'après ses dessins par J.-P. Sauget. Paris: aux Dépens des Auteurs, . 4° (323 x 245mm). Half-title. 8 ORIGINAL DRAWINGS BY CHIMOT, including one as an additional frontispiece, and the others accompanying the engraved plates, with that of ‘Mon juvenile émoi’ with an additional preparatory sketch, the plates each in three states of which one printed in colours, 6 wood-engraved plates after Sauget each in two states and also repeated in the text. (Occasional faint marginal soiling to a few text-leaves.) Contemporary brown morocco by H. Blanchetière, preserving original grey, upper cover inset with original copper plate for plate ‘Mais les femmes déja…’, gilt and morocco onlay turn-ins, brown watered-silk liners and endpapers, marbled-paper flyleaves, top edge gilt, others uncut (upper joint slightly cracked). Provenance: Roberto Thut (bookplate).
UNIQUE COPY, ILLUMINATED THROUGHOUT WITH ORIGINAL DRAWINGS BY CHIMOT: they are the original drawings for the edition of this work. Edouard Chimot (1880-1959) produced engravings for the works of numerous authors, including Verlaine's Parallelement (1931) and Louÿs’ Poèmes Inedits (1938; see the Nordmann sale, Christie's Paris, 14-15 December 2006, lot 319). COPY NUMBER ONE OF ONLY 25 COPIES PUBLISHED IN QUARTO FORMAT.
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