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10 December 2009
GIACOMELLI, Hector (illustrator) -- DE MUSSET, Alfred (1810-1857). Histoire d'un Merle Blanc. Paris: Librairie L. Conquet, L. Carteret & Cie., 1904. Large 4° (345 x 253mm). Title printed in red and black with integral vignette and details of limitation on verso, otherwise without text, 29 plates, each present in two states: pure etching and artist's proofs, by L. Boisson (with additional soft-ground work by Ch. Wittmann), all after Giacomelli, four leaves signed in pencil by Boisson. Contemporary green half morocco, spine in six compartments with raised bands, top edges gilt (light scuffing to spine). Provenance: Raphaël Esmerian (booklabel, sale Paris, 18 June 1974, lot 58).
LIMITED EDITION, NO. 23 OF 30 COPIES in 4°, on 'vélin du Marais à la forme', initialled by Giacomelli.
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