18 November 2014
WEGENER, Gerda (1885-1940) -- [PERCEAU, Louis (1883-1942) writing as:] VÉRINEAU, Alexandre de. Douze Sonnets lascifs pour accompagner la suite d'aquarelles intitulée Les Délassements d'Éros. Erotopolis [Paris]: A l'Enseigne du Faune [Maurice Duflou], 1925.
Quarto (255 x 195 mm). 12 engraved plates by Wegener coloured by pochoir, all on Arches paper. (Some plates with marginal spotting, some marginal soiling, half-title and index leaf browned.) Original white cloth-backed printed boards, upper side with title printed within a decorative frame, lined with blue paper printed with a pattern in black and gold (lacking ties, extremities rubbed, some soiling).
WEGENER'S CELEBRATED SUITE OF POCHOIR PLATES. The first edition with Perceau's erotic sonnets. Duflou had first started issuing Wegener's designs on their own from 1917 but these met with little demand until he repackaged them with his friend Perceau's sonnets. Gerda Wegener had moved to Paris from Denmark in 1912 with her husband Einar to a life of luxuriant bohemianism. Einar, in female guise as Lily Elbe, was Gerda's favourite model, especially for her mainstream fashion illustrations. Einar Wegener later became the first man to undergo a gender reassignment operation. Dutel 1356; Pia Enfer, 389.
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