21 March 2005
COSTER, Germaine de (b. 1895) and Hélène DUMAS (b. 1896) -- Jacques GUIGNARD and Claude BLAIZOT (editors). Germaine de Coster, Hélène Dumas. Reliures 1935-1980. Paris: Imprimerie CD for Librairie Auguste Blaizot and the Société des Amis de la Reliure Originale, 1981.
Oblong 4o (230 x 315 mm). Green-tinted laid paper "Romana." 14 color and 19 black-and-white photographs by the Studio Chevojon and Alain Lefèvre.
BINDING DESIGNED BY GERMAINE DE COSTER AND EXECUTED BY HéLèNE DUMAS FOR B.H. BRESLAUER: light-grey boxcalf, the sides with a mosaic of morocco and calf pieces of many colors to different geometric designs, the binders' initials inlaid in white metal wire, the collector's first initial inlaid on back cover, his middle and last initials cut out on front cover, spine-lettering cut out in blue and tooled in silver, sprinkled endpapers; original terracotta embossed wrappers, designed by de Coster and realised by Jacques Frélaut, bound in.
NO. 59 IN A LIMITED EDITION OF 100 COPIES, signed by both artists. A successful late creation by these two celebrated women binders, whose oeuvre of some three hundred collaborative bindings, accomplished over half a century, is quite unique. Four autograph letters and a signed card are loosely inserted. MINT CONDITION. BBB Wittockiana 70.
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