LANDELLE, Gabriel, de la. Pigeon Vole. Aventures en l'Air. 414 pp. Profusely illustrated. 8vo., bound in contemporary brown morocco over matching pebbled boards. Paris: P. Brunet, 1868.
A fine copy of a scarce little jewel of a book, which anticipates the books created by artists such as Max Ernst and Joseph Cornell. The pages are not only alive with images and ornaments, but there is the occasional use of red, blue and green for additional dramatic effect. While ostensibly a book on aviation, any importance it might have as such is distinctly overshadowed by the striking mise-en-page, and its role as a pre-cursor of twentieth century avant-garde book design. Light rubbing to the binding, half-titled toned, overall a near fine copy.
Andel, The Avant-Garde Book 1900-1945, p.10.
Item nr. 128078