by Dumas, Alexandre (Fils). Gosse, Edmund (Trans. ) Laurencin, Marie (Illust. )
4to. London: Curwen Press for The Limited Editions Club, 1937. 4to, 213 pp. With 12 color plates including the frontispiece by Marie Laurencin. Original white buckram lettered and stamped in gilt, original slipcase, a virtually perfect copy as issued. Limited to 1500 copies all signed by Laurencin. A very hard book to find in good condition due to the white buckram which is almost always either soiled or spotted from damp. This copy has an owner’s bookplate and is essentially as new. The only book illustrated by the famed illustrator Laurencin for the LEC, and one of only a very few books she illustrated. “During the early years of the 20th century, Laurencin was an important figure in the Parisian avant-garde. A member of both the circle of Pablo Picasso, and Cubists associated with the Section d'Or, such as Jean Metzinger, Albert Gleizes, Robert Delaunay, Henri le Fauconnier and Francis Picabia, exhibiting with them at the Salon des Indépendants (1910-1911) and the Salon d'Automne (1911-1912). She became romantically involved with the poet Guillaume Apollinaire, and has often been identified as his muse. In addition, Laurencin had important connections to the salon of the American expatriate and famed lesbian writer Natalie Clifford Barney. During the First World War, Laurencin left France for exile in Spain with her German-born husband, Baron Otto von Waëtjen, since through her marriage she had automatically lost her French citizenship. The couple subsequently lived together briefly in Düsseldorf. After they divorced in 1920, she returned to Paris, where she achieved financial success as an artist until the economic depression of the 1930s. During the 1930s she worked as an art instructor at a private school. She lived in Paris until her death. (Inventory #: 107340)
Bibles, theology and religion, Bindings, Early & Fine Printing, Illustrated Books, William Blake & His Circle, Illuminated Manuscripts, Private Press Books, T.F. Dibdin, Mary Wollstonecraft, Children's Books 1600-1950
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