Pages de Guerre.
12 textes inédits. [Comprising:] Deux lettres aux combattants; Nous ne sommes pas en état de guerre; Le crime allemand; La bataille sous Nancy; Le vrai monument de la victoire; La belle santé; Pour les martyrs du Nord français; Heure viendra qui tout payera; Debout nos morts; Nouvelles offrandes blessées; Le coffret rouge; Miracles.Paris: Maison du Livre, 1915-16 Stock Code: 140915
NotesFirst edition, first printing, one of 100 on Japon paper, this one unnumbered. This illustrated collection of poems from the First World War was sold for the benefit of artists and craftsmen of the book industry who were wounded in that war. The contributing authors include Émile Verhaeren for Crime allemand, Léon Bloy for Nous ne sommes pas en état de guerre, Robert de Montesquiou for Nouvelles offrandes blessées, and Marcel Boulenger for La belle santé.
12 parts, folio. Each part in its original colour card wrappers, titles in black on colour backgrounds within decorative frames of claws and German spiked helmet, untrimmed; with gilt-printed pictorial bifolio collective title page. Housed in custom cloth-backed blue card chemise.
12 engraved frontispieces after various artists, including Théophile-Alexandre Steinlen, Louis Legrand, and Henri Gervex, and a loosely inserted engraving after Carlos Schwabe titled "In Memoriam" and left blank to "receive the name of a beloved departed"
Ink stamp from a Rheims printer to front of chemise. light toning to collective title, the wrappers otherwise remarkably bright, unfaded, and fresh, internally clean; a near-fine set.
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