STAËL, Nicolas de. Poèmes. By René Char. Unpaginated. Illustrated with 14 full-page black abstract woodcuts by de Staël. Folio, 370 x 285 mm, loose as issued in the original wrappers and coloured lithographic chemise by de Staël, in original decorated slipcase. Paris: (Nicolas de Staël), [Marthe Fequet and Pierre Baudrier], 1952.
Inscribed on the front fly-leaf from de Staël to André Chastel, important French art historian, and the author of the first catalogue raisonné of de Staël's work. A superb association copy of de Staël's magnum opus as a book illustrator. Published at de Staël's own expense, this book virtually never appears on the market. De Staël produced two major illustrated books, this one and Pierre Lecuire's Ballets-Minute. Both are considered monuments of twentieth-century book illustration and have become legendary rarities.
This collaboration between the celebrated poet and artist recalls the books published by Kahnweiler in the early part of the century, in which he orchestrated the collaboration of artists and writers on so many landmark books. The production of Poèmes was conceived and overseen by de Staël, who chose the paper and type, and also designed the book.
One of 15 copies hors commerce of a total edition of 120 copies on Arches, signed by Char and de Staël. An immaculate copy.
A Century of Artists Books 192. From Manet to Hockney 127.
Item nr. 122769