1969 · Paris
Folio. 11" x 15 1/4" Unbound, as issued. Wrappers, sleeve and slipcase (slight wear to slipcase).Twenty six original engravings of which eleven are full page. Text printed by Fequet & Baudier;the etchings at l’atelier Lacouričre et Frélaut. All copies printed on Rives.
The text of Proust was first written in 1906 as a preface to histranslation of John Ruskin’s Sésameet les lys : des trésors des rois, des jardins des reines :Paris: Mercure de France. It was revised in1915 and published in as Pastiches et Melanges. Paris, Gallimard 1919. Ruskin's work was soimportant to Proust that he claimed to know "by heart" several of Ruskin's books
The Artist , Pierre Lesieur, French (1922 - 2011). Popular in Europe, Lesieur has been the subjectof elevenmonographs i n Fr an ce & Swi t z erland. See his website:http://www.pierrelesieur.fr/bibliographie1.htmlJournées de Lecture is described in the Koopman C
ollection Koninklijke Bibliotheek, the Hague,Netherlands: “The delicately detailed etchings that illustrate Journées de lecture were produced byPierre Lesieur.....Having spent three days at the École des Beaux-Arts and a short period at theacademy of cubist painter André Lhote and that of fauvist Othon Friesz, he turned his back on arteducation. Lesieur developed into a subtle artist on his own, finding inspiration in travel but also ineveryday events. In Journées de lecture, books, bookcases, people reading and various details arepictured: an open window, crockery on a coffee table, the chest of drawers in the bedroom with theclock under a glass dome, 'chatting confidentially with seashells from far away and an old,sentimental flower'
http://www.kb.nl/en/themes/koopman-collection/journees-de-lecture (Inventory #: 1327)