LEGER, Ferdinand. Lunes en Papier. By André Malraux. 17 ff. With 6 woodcut engravings by Ferdinand Léger printed in black, and 1 additional woodcut on cover. Folio, 322 x 233 mm, bound by Henri Mercher with colourful acrylic pieces on plexiglass, black morocco spine stamped in red and gold, in matching slipcase with the original wrappers bound in. Paris: Editions de la Galerie Simon, 1921.
A superb copy of one of the great twentieth century illustrated books in a masterpiece of a binding by Henri Mercher. Lunes en Papier, is Malraux's first book and contains Léger's first original illustrations. His previous illustrations (for Blaise Cendrars, J'ai tué and La fin du monde) in 1918-19 were reproduced in process" (Eleanor Garvey). The editors of From Manet to Hockney also claim that it is a great tribute to Galerie Simon, who was the first to publish the work of the young André Malraux, here illustrated with seven original woodcuts by Ferdinand Léger.
The present volume is one of only 112 copies issued, printed on Hollande Van Gelder, and signed by both Malraux and Léger on the statement of limitation. A superb copy of a significant modern illustrated book in a stunning and important binding by Henri Mercher who invented the process by which plexiglass panels could be attached to bindings.
Skira 198. Arts Council 137. Kahnweiler 7. The Artist and the Book, 1860-1960, 163. From Manet to Hockney 64. Cooper, p. 163. Kuh, p. 116. Verdet, p. 108.
Item nr. 168909