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CASANOVA DE SEINGALT, Jacques - WEGENER, Gerda (illus.)

Une aventure d'amour a Venise.

Paris: Le livre du bibliophile, 1927 Stock Code: 145168
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First edition thus, first printing, number 226 of 414 copies printed on velin d'arches paper, of a total print run of 500. The text is extracted from Casanova's memoirs describing his relationship with "M. M.", a nun from the convent at Murano. This edition is beautifully illustrated by Gerda Wegener, likely using her wife, Lili Elbe as a model.

Gerda Wegener (1886-1940) was a Danish artist working in art deco and art nouveau styles known for her eroticised depictions of women, her pioneering reconsideration of the female gaze in portraiture, and her stunningly decadent backgrounds which are well-exemplified here. In 1925 Wegener represented France at the world exhibition in Paris where she was awarded two gold and one bronze medals.

Wegener was married to fellow artist Lili Elbe, having met at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen. The two lived in Paris from 1912 where Elbe was one of Wegener's most frequent models. Elbe is also known for being one of the first documented recipients of gender affirming surgery, and as the subject of the novel The Danish Girl by David Ebershoff, and 2015 film of the same name.

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2 volumes, quarto. Original plain paper wrappers, titles to spines and front covers in black and red, edges untrimmed. With the original glassine wrappers.


Text in French. With 8 full-page colour etchings by Andre Lambert after Wegener's watercolors with tissue guards, and wood engraved headpieces, initials, and vignettes by G. Aubert printed in sepia after her designs.


Slight chips to spine ends, gatherings a little fragile, a near-fine copy in the faintly toned glassine jackets.


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