21 March 2005
BONET, Paul (1889-1971) -- Jean LOIZE. Recueil des reliures de Paul Bonet pour les Calligrammes d'Apollinaire. [Paris:] privately printed by Jacquet, plates by Chevojon frères, for the Galerie Jean Loize at the expense of a "groupe d'amateurs de reliures modernes," Spring 1949.
4o (241 x 179 mm). 30 black-and-white plates. Original printed wrappers, metal spiral spine (binding called "Intégrale" designed by Bonet and executed by Prache), edges uncut.
BOOK-SHAPED LIGHT-TAN BOXCALF CASKET BY PIERRE-LUCIEN MARTIN FOR B.H. BRESLAUER, signed and dated 1980: two circles of red lettering on front lid and movable sunken disc, together forming the title after the disc is turned in the right direction; rounded back plain, fore-edge indented to lock the box, lined with suede of the same color. Chemise (lettered in red on spine) and slipcase.
LIMITED EDITION OF 100 COPIES, signed by Paul Bonet, none for sale. The catalogue documents a remarkable exhibition of 30 bindings by Bonet on various editions of Calligrammes, all of whose designs incorporate "calligrammatic" lettering, a theme adopted by Martin for his box thirty years later.
"On account of the fragile nature of the book's original wrappers, I had asked Martin to bind it for me; he objected that this would entail the removal of the spiral, and the destruction of Bonet's original design. He therefore proposed to put the book in a box; on completing it he wrote; 'C'est avec joie que j'ai installé dans un coffret original le catalogue des Calligrammes reliés par Bonet... j'ai été sensible au fait de rendre hommage à celui qui fut mon ami'" (BBB Wittockiana 69). Included with the lot are Martin's bill, an A.L.s. by him, and 9 A.Ls.s. by Paul Bonet and a bill to B.H. Breslauer, several relating to a binding realised for Lord Crawford.
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