Paris: Henry Creuzevault, 1953. Limited Edition, #15/140. Folio (10" x 15"), 52 leaves in 26 signatures in original paper folded cover (covered in a glassine protective wrapper); Fine; Bound in cloth sleeve covered in paper with a box enclosure. Number 15 of 140 copies, on Rives paper. Printed by Janine Daragnès on May 11, 1953. With 21 original etchings by Buffet, including 7 full page and 3 double-page, plus one on cover; plus a separate suite of 23 drawings, including 3 double-page drawings. Limited edition reissue of 1939 work, with illustrations by Bernard Buffet (1928-1999), signed by Giono and Buffet, with a foreword by Pierre Bergé.; shelved case 11.
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Circa 1915-1947. The following original draft drawings and paintings by Marco Montedoro are being offered as a collection. They include original graphite, pen and ink, and watercolor paintings on paper and artist's board spanning the career of Marco Montedoro as a set and costume designer. The archive is a comprehensive representation of his professional career in Europe and the United States. Before he died, Montedoro gave his collection to his close friend Hella Arensen (ne Aronson), a German Jewish newspaper artist who emigrated from pre-war Nazi Germany to New York. Since Montedoro's death, the collection has remained in the Aronson family. Most images are signed by Montedoro, with an average size of 11" x 14", and are in varying condition. A full photographic gallery of this collection is available upon request. Montedoro's family of musicians considered him a child prodigy and sent him in his teens to Paris to study drawing and painting. He worked as an artist in Paris until 1913, when he became the artistic director of the Berlin Metropole. During WWI, he designed posters for Italian theaters and cinemas. Following the war, Montedoro returned to Paris to design costumes for the Palace, Ambassadeurs, Moulin Rouge, and Folies Bergère, including a 1927 show featuring Josephine Baker. During this period he also designed productions in Milan, Berlin, London, St. Petersburg, and Poland. In 1930, Montedoro relocated to New York City and designed for the Schuberts, including the 1941-1942 Broadway production of La Vie Parisienne. From 1932-1947, Montedoro worked alongside Vincinte Minelli designing sets and costumes for Radio City Music Hall, where Montedoro became head designer. Montedoro's genius is featured om Angelo Luerti's 2006 book 'Non Solo Erté - Not Only Erté, Costume Design for the Paris Music Hall 1918-1940.
London; Paris: J. Dodsley; De L'Imprimerie de Monsieur, 1789. A unique collection of both the original French and the English translation of the famed novel, together with an awe-inspiring collection of proofs before letters by esteemed French artists. Three volumes housed in a custom three-part black and red leather box, gilt titling to spine, box solid, some wear and cracking; Paul et Virginie is bound in full burgundy morocco, triple gilt rules to boards, spine with gilt titling and tooling, all edges of text block gilt, marbled endpapers, bookplate to front endpaper; Unsigned binding, but early invoice states it was bound by Derome., Paris: De L'Imprimerie de Monsieur, 1789. with half-title, 12mo., xxxv, 243 pages, with 4 black and white plates, foxing to plate edges; "Prix, papier vélin d'Essone, 6. liv."; Both volumes of Paul and Mary are bound in matching full green morocco with elegant gilt tooling, paneled spines similarly gilt; all edges of text blocks gilt; doublures burgundy morocco with matching design to boards, embroidered silk endpapers facing doublures, marbled endpapers following; incredibly tight binding; bookplate to marbled endpaper; Bound by Chambolle-Duru with their gilt stamp to front doublure; London: printed for J. Dodsley, Pall-Mall, ; With an Autograph Letter Signed by Saint-Pierre, addressed "Au Citoyen Le Danois" (André Bazile Le Danois de La Soisière), a member of the Council of Ancients. Measuring ~9 x 6.7 inches (~23 x 17 cm.), with integral address leaf attached. Small tear to upper left corner where seal was attached, small archival repair to upper right corner, neither impacting and writing. Four Postal stamps present on integral address leaf. Actual text is 25 lines in Saint-Pierre's hand, responding to a letter by Le Danois about a meeting, countering his proposed date of the 8th with the 10th. He then goes on to discuss how he was tricked by a man that he had not seen for 20 years, as well as by a young woman. He defends himself that he in no way was compromising the interests of the Republic. The letter is dated "Paris, ce 7 ventose an 7" ( February 26th, 1799); With invoice circa 1895 from E. F. Bonaventure, with a handwritten description of the three volumes in purple ink. "Unique copy in an exquisite Binding by Chambolle extra illustrated with rare set all proofs before letters" "1. Set of proofs by [Achille] Devéria 2. Set of proofs by Corboald 3. Set of proofs ??? 4. Set of proofs Medallions in color 5. Set of proofs Medallions [in color] by Dutailly [Guyot sculp] 6. Set of proofs by Desenne 7. Set proofs by [Jean-Michel] Moreau 8. Set proofs by [Tony] Johannot 9. Set proofs by Corboald (small) 10. Set proofs by Lery[?] 11. Set proofs by [Jean-Antoine-Valentin] Foulquier 12. Autographed Letter In All 70 Plates, All proofs" Shelved case 0.