by Villon, Francoys; [Serres, Raoul], Schem (illus.)
Paris: Aux Depens de l'Artiste, 1948. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Fine. Signed binding by Lucie Weill. Tan morocco with dark green morocco inlay in decorative leaf pattern, gilt-stamped lettering on spine, suede endpapers, a.e.g.; in half decorative paper and green morocco chemise with gilt-stamped lettering on spine, and slipcase; 4to; pp. , plus a signed original drawing, and an additional suite of plates (18 leaves, printed on the recto only); with original backstrip bound in at rear. Number 31 from a limited edition of 45 copies, on Rives paper (larger limitation of 290 copies). Book is fine -- contents are bright and clean, in a lavish binding. Chemise just a little scuffed along spine; slipcase very lightly rubbed and dust-smudged.
"Shem" was a pseudonym created by Raoul Serres after a scandal involving his illustrations for a 1936 edition of the Marquis de Sade's "Justine." (Inventory #: D14223)
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