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Le cantique des cantiques (the Song of Songs, illustrated by Edy Legrand)

Solomon (illustrated by Edy Legrand) ONE OF THE RAREST AND MOST BEAUTIFUL ILLUSTRATED BOOKS OF THE 20TH CENTURY. Illustrated with 35 original etchings (with aquatint and drypoint) by Edy Legrand. In these prints the artist conjures the exotism, dreaminess, and voluptuousness of the Song of Songs, one of the great love poems in world literature. Edition limited to 110 copies beautifully printed in two colors on fine Montval wove paper, all of which have four suites of the etchings (140 etchings in all): the first state without text, the second state without text, the final state without text, and the final state with text. It is extremely unusual that the entire edition of a modern illustrated book would include the illustrations in multiple states, but it is easy to see why the publisher adopted that policy in this instance: we can perceive what an incredibly talented and painstaking artist Legrand was, as he worked each plate from the original sketch to the finished design. Folio. Loose as issued in orginal wraps. Housed in a custom-made cloth folding case, with extra cloth folders for each of the extra suites. FINE AND BRIGHT, with no defects. This book was included in the groundbreaking exhibition of livres d'artiste held at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1936, and is illustrated in Monroe Wheeler's catalogue ("Modern Painters and Sculptors as Illustrators"). VERY RARE.
Poèmes des quatre saisons. Le printemps (pointes sèches et lithographies de Hermine David) [with] l'été (lithographies de Dignimont) [with] L'automne (pointes sèches de Michel Ciry) [with] L'hiver (lithographies de Grau Sala

Poèmes des quatre saisons. Le printemps (pointes sèches et lithographies de Hermine David) [with] l’été (lithographies de Dignimont) [with] L’automne (pointes sèches de Michel Ciry) [with] L’hiver (lithographies de Grau Sala

GAUTIER, CHARLES D'ORLÉANS, DALIBRAY, JAMMES, RONSARD, TOULET, NERVAL, BAÏF, VERLAINE & APOLLINAIRE, RIMBAUD, LECONTE DE LISLE, VERHAEREN, SULLY PRUDHOMME, BELLEAU, APOLLINAIRE, MALLARMÉ, HUGO, BAUDELAIRE & FORT, MORÉAS, BELLEAU, JAMMES, SAINTE-BEUVE, RODENBACH, VERLAINE, APOLLINAIRE, MALLARMÉ, BAUDELAIRE & VERHAEREN, VERLAINE, MORÉAS, RIMBAUD, NOAILLES, RÉGNIER, GUÉRIN, JAMMES, GOURMONT, TOULET & LA VILLE DE MIRMONT (illustrated by Hermine David, Emili Grau Sala, Dignimont, and Michel Ciry) Four volumes. A COMPLETE SET OF THESE FOUR CHARMING LIVRES D'ARTISTE, each with texts dedicated to a different season and EACH PROFUSELY ILLUSTRATED WITH ORIGINAL COLOR PRINTS BY A TALENTED ARTIST. "Le printemps" illustrated with 11 lithographs (including the cover) and 10 drypoints by Hermine David; "L'été" illustrated with 21 color lithographs by Dignimont; "L'automne" illustrated with 21 drypoints by Michael Ciry (THIS IS THE FIRST BOOK CIRY ILLUSTRATED WITH ORIGINAL PRINTS); and "L'hiver" illustrated with 21 color lithographs by Grau Sala (this copy additionally features ONE OF ONLY 20 SUITES OF THE 21 LITHOGRAPHS ON CHINESE PAPER, WITH EACH LITHOGRAPH SIGNED AND JUSTIFIED (V/XX) BY THE ARTIST (the book is additionally signed in the justification by Grau Sala and by Doré Ogrizek, the editor). From a total edition of 263 numbered copies, each volume is number 45, one of 200 copies printed on fine Arches wove paper. Large 4to. Each volume loose as issued in original wraps, board chemise and slipcase. FINE AND BRIGHT THROUGHOUT, WITH THE COLORS EXTREMELY FRESH. A pristine set of these books printed in Paris during the Occupation.