Paris: A. Blaizot, 1928. First edition. Original pictorial printed portfolio wraps with gilt to front. Housing 10 gatherings on fine paper, with all edges untrimmed. Number 64 of a superb edition limited to 150 copies produced on the typographic model of Francois-Louis Schmied. A beautiful example preserved in a slightly worn marbled paper slipcase and chemise, featuring a total of 33 color illustrations (2 on the cover, 1 on the title, 3 serving as drop-caps, 24 in text, and 3 full page woodcut engravings). A Fine copy internally.
A French Romantic poet whose blending of Christian and pagan elements earned him a cult following, Maurice de Guerin's "works are remarkable for the richness and depth of their pantheistic descriptions of nature" (Britannica). His works truly rose to prominence in the 1840s, after his tragic and early death from tuberculosis. Here, they are revived in incredible color by George Barbier, among the greatest French illustrators of the 20th century. Barbier, too, captured the cultural imagination; and his talent for theatre costume design and haut couture fashion shaped how he approached book illustration, bringing to it a richness of color and movement. The present work represents the best of both contributors, as Barbier brings to visibility the mythologies previously only alive in Guerin's words. Fine (Item #4289)