LEGRAIN, Pierre and J. Anthoine.

Le quatrième livre de Contes et Nouvelles.

Paris, Xavier Havermans, 1930.

4to, pp. [6], 142, [6], with colour illustrations by Carlège, including an original watercolour, all illustrations repeated in outline on tissue; in contemporary crimson morocco jointly signed by Pierre Legrain and J. Anthoine Legrain, gilt-tooled border of short rules around central panel of natural and polished geometric shagreen sections and red morocco squares tooled in gilt, flat spine with author gilt at head and title at foot, triple gilt fillet detail, morocco doublures with pattern of silver circles and gold dots, charcoal watered silk endpapers, all edges gilt. Preserved in a slipcase of red morocco and paper boards with a coordinating sleeve with black leather label.

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Volume IV only of the four volume set of Jean de la Fontaine’s works, number 14 of fourteen copies on japon blanc nacré a la cuve, from a total limited edition of 346 copies.

A striking composition, designed by the pioneer of art deco, Pierre Legrain, and executed by his stepson Jacques Anthoine Legrain after Pierre’s death in 1929. Jacques himself was active between 1930 and 1950.

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