Les Joies de Sport: Textes, Manuscrits, Autographes
by Uzelac, Milivoy (illus.) & Maurice and Jacques Goddet (eds.)
Unpag. portfolio (ca. 380 pp.) with chromolithographic facsimiles of 45 handwritten texts on physical, motorized and equipment-based sports, each 2-10 pp., most ca. 4-6 pp., by important French journalists, novelists, and athletes including Tristan Bernard, Henri Desgranges, Jean Ajalbert, Rene Maran, Virgine Hériot, Charles Faroux, Jean Fayard, Jean-Joseph Renaud, Henry de Montherlant et al., intro. by Jules Rimet, with table of contents, each text accompanied by a pochoir plate by Milivoy Uzelac representing the specific sport. Paper sl. toned, a few pls. bumped at edges. Large folio. Pictorial metallic wrpps. with contents loose as issued, some separation on hinge of front cover, housed in orig. boards portfolio, scuffed and worn. Paris (Editions d'Art "Le Document") 1932. This copy one of thirty-five with an original gouache. Milivoy Uzelac was born in Bosnia and studied at the Académie des Beaux-Arts in Prague before emigrating to Paris where his paintings and sculptures were widely exhibited in the 1920s and 30s, incl. the Salon des Independants and the Salon d'Automne. He was a skilled illustrator, as seen in the lively pochoirs in this remarkable volume commissioned by Jacques Goddet, editor of the leading Parisian sports paper, L'Auto. Goddet assembled an impressive group of letters by prominent authors on subjects including football, bicycling [written by Henri Desgranges, organizer of the first Tour de France], aviation, swimming, rugby [by Rene Maran, first black writer to win the Prix Goncourt], tennis, fencing, yachting [by Virgine Hériot, groundbreaking French yachtswoman and Olympic medalist], billiards [by Charles Faroux, founder of the 24 hour Le Mans race], basketball, field hockey, hunting, boxing, et al. At the time of publication, Jules Rimet was the president of FIFA and had recently organized the first World Cup, whose trophy was named in his honor. Extremely scarce, as of August 2014, OCLC locates only 2 copies worldwide, none in North America. (Inventory #: 47982)
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