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Vertcoeur (René Philipon?) 1923. No. 24 of 30 copies, numbers 5-30 on Hollande v. Gelder, signed; this copy signed by Robert Bonfils. The stunning series of plates portraying the gardens are printed in colors from wood blocks by Robert Bonfils at the press of Jacques Beltrand. These full page views at Vert-Coeur are of the terrace, the rose garden, the marble staircase of the exterior, the "théatre de verdure", the view across the valley, and the view from within onto the terrace. Vert-Coeur , built in 1902, was the property of count René Philipon in the Chevreuse valley, Ile-de-France. There, Philipon, occultist, bibliophile, collector, and entomologist hosted such literary and artistic figures as Jean Cocteau, Paul Valéry and Marcel Proust. Philipon's enlistment of Robert Bonfils to preserve the memory of Vert Coeur came shortly before the artist helped establish recognition for Art Deco style with his color woodblock poster for the 1925 Paris International Exposition of Modern Industrial and Decorative Arts. His broad and varied artistic career often combined a love of graphic art and book production. The chateau de Vert-Coeur itself, located 15 kilometers south-west of Versailles in the village of Milon-la-Chapelle, was purchased in 1946 by Charles de Gaulle for use as a charitable institution. We can currently locate only 2 copies in OCLC (BNF and University of Michigan). Folio (40 x 32 cm); 4 ff. text with color woodblock design on title page + 6 matted color wood block plates . Loose, as issued, in original cloth backed portfolio covers which show a modest bit of wear - the upper ribbon tie has come loose, but is preserved - some separation of cloth at spine edges; original metallic silver paper endpapers; very modest foxing or dull stain to edges of text plates and to the passe-partouts for the engravings; the images themselves are unaffected and bright. .
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