[Rudnicki, Leon- French Art Nouveau] L'Annee Chretienne, 1899
by Rudnicki, Leon
Paris: Charles Delagrave, 1899. First edition. 4to. Original color pictorial paper covered boards with exquisite Art Nouveau illustration (lithographic) in colors including gilt and bronzing, illustration wraps around to fill back cover. Contains twelve exquisite full page individual color plates by Rudnicki, housed in a gold textured paper frame open at bottom edge, to give the impression of a gold frame. Plates by Rudnicki are highly decorative and Art Nouveau inspired, each covering most of the page, each with different floral borders and each with a small, narrow portion used for the the month of the year. Printed by Ducourtioux & Huillard. Spine with chipping; an amazing survival, extremely scarce with no other copies found on the net. Leon Rudnicki (1873-1958), French painter, illustrator and decorator active in the 1890's through 1925, and is best known for his splendid At Nouveau cover for "L'Effort." (Inventory #: 2983)
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