recueillies et illustrées. Préface de Claude Farrère. L'eau - la terre - le ciel - le feu.Paris: Éditions de l'Abeille d'Or, 1923 Stock Code: 142353
NotesA most fittingly presented copy of the first edition, number 455 of 2,000 copies on vélin alfa (total edition of 2,104), of this collection of Japanese folk tales, both translated and colourfully illustrated by the artist Tsuguharu Foujita (1886-1968), a flamboyant, popular and highly successful figure on the Bohemian art scene in Montparnasse. Best known for his skilful hybridisation of Eastern and Western styles, here he works in a more straightforwardly Japanese style. Published as the third in a series of "Plus Belles Légendes du Mondes", following volumes of Légendes Russes and Bretonnes illustrated by Maurice de Becque.
Large octavo (268 x 171 mm). Contemporary japon, title in black ink to the front board with large hand painted Japanese Noh mask echoing the masks illustrated in colour by Foujita on the original wraps bound in front and back, black leather spine label, marbled endpapers.
17 colour plates and with numerous colour vignettes in the text by Foujita throughout.
Short split to foot of front joint, boards a little soiled and scuffed in places; internally very good.
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