Deux Contes.Paris: F.-L. Schmied, 1926 Stock Code: 143533
In a superb Schmied art deco bindingSigned limited edition, number 59 of 162 copies only, signed by Schmied on the original drawing, of these two French translations of Wilde's The Happy Prince and The Nightingale and the Rose, originally published in 1888.
François-Louis Schmied (1873-1941), a Swiss-born French painter, engraver and printer, incarnated the art deco style in the 1920s, which he brought to its peak in the bibliophile-oriented publishing field.
Quarto (273 x 222mm). Finely bound by Creuzevault in contemporary blue crushed morocco, titles to spine in red morocco onlay and blind tooling, pictorial onlays in blue, red, brown, white, and black morocco heightened in silver after two of Schmied's in-text ornamental designs, blue patterned silk endpapers, original colour pictorial wrappers preserved, blue silk page marker, untrimmed. Housed in a custom plush-lined patterned-paper slipcase (light rubbing to extremities).
Original gouache signed by Schmied mounted before limitation page, 60 colour woodcuts heightened in silver and gilt, including 4 full-page, suite of woodcuts all but one on Japan, title page in red and black with Schmied's device in similar colours.
Light sunning and rubbing to spine, the binding otherwise sharp, occasional light offsetting, else internally fresh and clean; a near-fine copy.
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