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MIOMANDRE, Francis de (pseud of François Félicien Durand).


Published: Paris: E. Flammarion, 1932

Stock code: 81635

Price: £675

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First published in an edition of 500, plus 25 copies hors commerce, this one of 15 offered on Madagascar – the third tier of the edition – and here accompanied by a nearly complete suite – it lacks two of the duller images – of the illustrations offered with the 10 copies on Japon impérial. Lighthearted celebration of the “flora” and “fauna” of the “dancings” – night clubs – that proliferated in Paris in the inter-war years; “The Amercanized term un dancing referred to bars, nightclubs, and cabarets of varying sizes as well as to dance halls themselves. Un dancing, it seemed, required little more than upbeat music and a bit of room to move” (Jackson, Making Jazz French, p41). Miomandre’s witty text is accompanied by some splendidly lively illustrations by Henri Gazan, hand-printed by Edmond Desjobert who produced work for Picasso, Chagall and Matisse. Wonderful evocation of les années folles including a “Salut a Joséphine [Baker]” with accompanying illustration which is worth the price of admission on its own.

Octavo (236 187 mm) Original plain light card wraps within the striking “neon” lithographic wrapper, the proofs, 20 leaves (c.252 194 mm) loose in matching wraps. The wraps of the book a little chafed at the extremities, light toning of the text, a scatter of foxing to the fore-edge with minor encroachment to the margins, else very good; the proofs and wraps altogether very good.

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