1955 · Paris
Decorative chemise and slipcase, matching blue morocco back, lettered in gilt. Very fine. Bound by Therese Moncey in blue morocco with covers decorated in a renaissance style frame created entirely out of pointelle, from which sprigs of acanthus leaves sprout. Smooth spine ornamented in gilt and in pointelle. A simple yet exuberant binding. Mauve suede endpapers. Laid in is an original pen and ink drawing of a reclining girl in lingerie by Segonzac, inscribed "pour les gourments de Ronsard" and signed A. Dunoyer de / Segonzac."
According to Strachan, the classical tradition of book illustration reflected in the works of Rodin and Maillol is represented in Quelques' Sonnets, yet this "charming interpretation of the Renaissance poet" links tradition with innovation "with a free, sketch-like idiom" to the etchings. Segonzac, in "j'ai pense a illustrer les sonnets de Ronsard", comments that he chose the subject of Ronsard's poetry after completing the illustrations to the Georgiques of Virgil. For his edition of Ronsard, Segonzac wanted a subject of delicate sensibility, elegance without affection and restrained sensuality.
Segonzac worked eight years on the Ronsard from 1948 till 1956. For this edition, he enlisted the master printer Jacques Frélaut, who had printed the edition of Virgil's Georgiques. These etchings show on the whole a slightlymore formalized style compared with those of the Georgiques. The text was printed in 24 pt Garamont Italique by L'imprimerie Nationale and the etchings printed by Jaques Frelaut on the presses of Roger Lacouriere. All the plates were engraved in 1954 and defaced after printing. Binding by Therese Moncey. Moncey's beautiful bindings have won le grand prix de la reliure francaise in 1950 and succeeded in numerous exhibitions. She has always used the great gilders "doreurs"of the period such as Fache. References; Liore et Cailler. Segonzac Catalogue de l'oeuvre grave. VII, #1270 - 1320; Strachan. The Artist and the Book in France; Rauch #123; Flety, Julien. Dictionnaire des Relieures Francais Ayant Exerce de 1800 a nos Jours. (1988). (Inventory #: 983812)