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LABOUREUR, Jean-Émile & Xavier Marcel Boulestin.

Dans les Flandres britanniques.

British Expeditionary Force - Mai 1915 - Janvier 1916.

Paris: Dorbon Ainé, 1916 Stock Code: 122349
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First and only edition limited to 350 copies "dont 300 sur papier vélin numérotés de 51 à 350; 50 sur papier de hollande avec deux suites, dont une en couleurs, des illustrations, numérotés de l à 50", this being numbered 4. "Laboureur had studied at the Sorbonne and had come to know Toulouse-Lautrec during his years in Paris During the war he served as an interpreter for the British army in Belgium and northern France, and later at an American naval base in the South of France Laboureur emphatically demonstrated the wartime relevance of modernism his work featured the distinctively angular, cubist-like figures that would become Laboureur's signature perhaps he was not directly involved with the fighting, the book portrays the soldiers at leisure attending an impromptu theatrical performance, viewing boxing matches, flirting with pretty girls " (Harris & Edelstein). A very handsome copy of this stylish and elusive work, no copy of the Hollande issue traced at auction.

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Folio (383 x 273 mm). Contemporary dark purplish red half morocco signed Ed. Klein, marbled boards, top edge gilt, marbled endpapers, original wrappers bound in front and back.


24 illustrations in two states, to the text printed over panels of various pastel inks, and on separate leaves without colours


A little rubbed at the extremities, front joint just started towards the tail, some offset from the coloured illustrations, pale toning of the text-block, overall very good.


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