London, South Kensington
6 December 2002
BRAQUE, Georges (artist) and René CHAR. La Bibliothèque est en feu. Paris: Imprimerie Union for Louis Broder, 1956.
4° (280 x 228mm). Etched and aquatinted frontispiece by and after Braque printed in blue and black by Crommelynck et Dutrou, numbered in pencil on the margin '97/100'. Text printed in facsimile from the author's manuscript on the rectos only. Loosely-inserted one-leaf prospectus for the work. (Light offsetting onto verso of half-title.) Original wrappers, the upper wrapper with a printed paper lettering-piece, original hessian-covered chemise and slipcase, printed paper lettering-piece on spine of chemise.
LIMITED TO 146 COPIES, THIS NUMBER 97 OF 120 SIGNED BY BRAQUE AND CHAR ON VéLIN D'ARCHES. 'AN EXAMPLE OF BRAQUE'S FACILITY IN HANDLING COLOR, ESPECIALLY THE STRONG BLUE AGAINST WHICH THE BIRDS ARE SILHOUETTED' (The Artist & the Book 1860-1960). The edition was limited to 146 copies; 120 contained the frontispiece by Braque, and the remaining 26 were printed for the author, and did not include the frontispiece. The Artist & the Book 1860-1960 39; L'Oeuvre graphique de Georges Braque 'Livres illustrés' XX; Chapon Le Peintre et le livre p.301; Vallier Braque l'oeuvre gravé 109.
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