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CHIMOT, Édouard (illus.); VERLAINE, Paul.


Vingt-trois eaux-fortes originales de Édouard Chimot.

Paris: Éditions d'Art Devambez, 1931 Stock Code: 132689
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Signed by the illustrator

First edition thus, artist's copy number G of 15 copies on different types of paper reserved to the collaborators and signed by Chimot on the justification page.

Édouard Chimot (1880-1959) was a French artist, illustrator and editor whose career reached its peak in the 1920s in Paris, through the publication of fine quality art-printed books. His own artistic work occupies a characteristic place, and his editorial role was extremely important in bringing together some of the outstanding talents of that distinctive period in French art. With the Wall Street Crash of 1929 wiping out the market for fancy limited editions, the present work was the last of Chimot's productions for Devambez.

A rare survival: Library Hub lists only 1 copy held institutionally, at the Bibliothèque nationale de France.

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Folio (325 x 248 mm). Near-contemporary red morocco by Trinckvel, gilt titles on spine, "ERS" tooled in gilt on front board, marbled paper boards heightened in gold, top edge gilt, others uncut, marbled endpapers heightened in gold, original printed wrappers preserved, printed in red and black.


23 full-page aquatint etchings in different states on 75 plates (including the extra suite of 23 plates in two states), some in bistre, with remarques, or in black; and 17 large in-text illustrations by Édouard Chimot.


Early ink inscription dated 1932 to one of the preliminary blanks. Light wear to extremities, light foxing throughout, a near-fine copy.


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