Paris: Leon Vanier, 1890. No place, no date (Paris: Leon Vanier, circa 1890) Small folio, royhal blue boards with diagonal lettering and large vignette of Pierrot with a nimbus around his head, hanging from a lamp post, all in silver. Covers reconnected with a new spine in matching cloth, contents secured with new envelope flaps and velcro closure. Clean and bright. Complete with 41 loose sheets, as issued, including pictorial title and preface by the author. Each plate, except the title and preface, is followed by another plate containing the text in the hand of the authro and includes another drawing. Entirely engraved on chine. Willette contributed to the french illustrated press, decorated the nightclub Le Chat Noir and painted the ceiling of the music hall La Cigale. Pierrot, his alter-ego is the metaphor for the artist's plight in society. He falls in love with a wordly and greedy woman, is ridiculed and commits suicide.. Boards. About Fine. Illus. by Adolphe Leon Willette. Small Folio. (Inventory #: 004489)
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