BONET, Paul (1889-1971) -- Paul VALERY and others. Paul Bonet. Avec cent cinquante sept reproductions de reliures en couleurs et en noir (1927-1944). Paris: Frazier-Soye (letterpress), Georges Duval (plates) and Mourlot Frères (color plates) for Librairie Auguste Blaizot, 1945.
Large 4o (325 x 245 mm). LIMITED EDITION OF 300 COPIES. With 6 color plates (2 double-page), 155 black-and-white reproductions (4 double-page).
VERY FINE MOSAIC BINDING DESIGNED BY PAUL BONET FOR BERNARD BRESLAUER, signed and dated 1966, executed by René Desmules and finished by Jean Knoll: bottle-green morocco, gold-tooled to a characteristic radiating design, with terracotta boxcalf inlays, an irregularly shaped ovoid in the center of the front cover containing calligraphic initials BHB, the ovoid on the back cover empty, the rays continuing across the smooth spine, doublures and endleaves of terracotta suede, gilt edges, original wrappers preserved. Chemise and slipcase.
NO. 15 OF 50 COPIES ON VéLIN D'ARCHES PAPER, containing 6 reproductions of binding designs (2 double-page). THIS COPY EXTRA-ILLUSTRATED FOR BERNARD BRESLAUER BY PAUL BONET WITH 14 PAGES OF AUTOGRAPH DESIGNS in pencil, ink and colored crayons, and one full-sheet original binding maquette for Breslauer catalogue 101 (see Wittockiana 65) loosely inserted.
"Paul Bonet is the most celebrated of the French designers of bindings following Pierre Legrain. Originally a fashion designer (of women's hats), he took up binding design professionally in 1924. In the course of his career, interrupted in 1934 for a short time owing to the economic crisis which forced him to return to hat designing, he designed almost 1,700 bindings... Desmules (b. 1909), a brilliant craftsman, began his career in Pierre Legrain's atelier, and has worked for many of the outstanding Parisian binding designers, but especially for Bonet for whom he bound a large number of volumes from 1945 to the end of Bonet's life" (BBB Wittockiana 63). Paul Bonet, Carnets 1924-1971 (Paris 1981) no. 1547.