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La Compagnie des Bibliophiles de l'Automobile-Club de France, Paris, 1930. Theo Schmied's personal copy of volume one (of four) of his father's most ambitious book illustration project, Homer's Odyssey. The printing and illustrations were done entirely on vellum, leading to enormous production costs. Their goal of printing 125 sets proved to be too costly and had to be abandoned. It is estimated that about 73 copies of the 4 volume set were actually completed, along with a few copies printed for the collaborators on the project, including our copy here which is copy 'c' and was given to Theo Schmied (1900-1985), Francois' son as well as the wood-engraver for this project. It is recorded that 3,000 goats from the High Atlas mountains of Morocco were used in the production of the vellum for this edition. Schmied went on a voyage to Greece and the Near East for the sole purpose of studying the atmospheric light of the region so that you could accurately reproduce it in this work. A stunning achievement. 23 pochoir plates (17 full-page), with highlights in silver and gold. In more recent times, Schmied's illustration "The Ship of Odysseus" shows up in Holt's 9th grade literature textbook, Unit 11 on Epic Poetry. 4to (28.7 x 23.7 cm), lvii, 115pp., 2pp. A few wrinkles to a few leaves. Loose as issued in limp vellum wrapper, gilt lettered, stiff vellum chemise, vellum slipcase (upper joint of wrapper splitting, foxing to cover.). [Monod 6075]
Bookseller: Zinos Books [St. Paul, MN, U.S.A.]
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