by WILDE, Oscar; LA JEUNESSE, Ernest; JOU, Louis, illustrator
Paris: Georges Crès et Cie. Le Theatre D'Art, 1917. Oscar Wilde's Salomé Illustrated by 'The Architect of the Book'In a Fine Contemporary Inlaid Binding by TrinokvelWILDE, Oscar. LA JEUNESSE, Ernest, introduction, JOU, Louis, illustrator. Salomé. Drame en un Acte. Précéde de notes sur l'auteur par Ernest La Jeunesse. Frontispice et illustrations dessinés et gravés sur bois par Louis Jou. Paris: Georges Crès et Cie. Le Theatre D'Art, 1917. One of 1,078 copies (this being No. 510) printed on Papier de Rives. Small quarto ( 7 7/8 x 5 5/8 inches; 200 x 143 mm.). 144, [145-149], [3, blank] pp. Title-page printed in red and black. Inserted frontispiece in red, black and white, one full-page black and white plate facing page , both with protective tissue-guards. Numerous head and tail pieces in the text.Contemporary three-quarter red morocco over marbled boards by Trinokvel (stamp signed on verso of front free endpaper). Spine with four raised bands, the center panel with fine inlaid morocco flowers, lettered in gilt in compartments, marbled endpapers, top edge gilt, others uncut. Original printed wrappers bound in. A fine copy in a very nice art nouveau binding.Luis Felipe-Vincente Jou i Senabre aka Louis Jou (1881-1968) was a Spanish painter, engraver and typographer. In 1906, at the age of sixteen, he emigrated to France where he met Guillaume Apollinaire and Francois Bernouard, the printer and publisher with whom he created the Belle Édition which showed his great talent as a typographer,engraver and composer of beautiful texts. In 1921 he met André Suarès who described Louis Jou as 'the architect of the book'. Among the greatest typographers of the century, the place of Louis Jou is exceptional. He is the only one of his peers to have designed and produced a book entirely by himself. He illustrated many books including:Anatole France, Les Opinions de M. Jérôme Coignard, Paris, Les Cent Bibliophiles, 1914 Blaise Pascal, Les Pensées, Paris, Georges Crès, deux volumes, 1916Oscar Wilde, Salomé, Paris, Georges Crès, 1917André Suarès, Amour, poème de Félix Bangor, Paris, Émile-Paul Frères, 1918Nicolas Machiavel, Le Prince, Paris, Jou & Bosviel, 1921.Rudyard Kipling, La Chasse de Kaa, Paris Javal & Bourdeaux, 1930André Suarès, Marsiho, Paris, Trémois, 1931Ernest La Jeunesse (1874-1917) was a French journalist, caricaturist and literary critic.
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