Premier ouvrage édité par D.H. Kahnweiler, l'un des grands livres illustrés du XXe siècle, exemplaire sur Japon
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First edition of Apollinaire's first book, the first book published by Kahnweiler, the first book illustrated with woodcuts by Derain, and arguably the finest illustrated book of the 20th century. One of 25 copies on Japon ancien, finely bound by Madeleine Gras. Derain's "energetically carved woodcuts were the full-fledged legacy of Jarry's and Gauguin's formative work in the medium. Fully realized from African influences and holding together the text as tightly as the woodcuts in fifteenth-century block books, Derain's prints extended Apollinaire's story about the rotting body of Merlin into further unexplored territory, implied but not completely described verbally." (Riva Castleman p. 29).