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(BINDINGS - KAUFFMANN). HALÉVY, LUDOVIC
L?ABBÉ CONSTANTIN
Paris: Roussod, Valadon, 1887. No. 118 OF 250 COPIES on Japon, with two additional states of the plates. This is a luxurious production that typifies the "bibliophile editions" popular with collectors in Belle Epoque Paris: a popular?usually light-hearted--story expertly printed on fine paper, lavishly illustrated by a fashionable artist, and opulently bound by a leading atelier. Binder J. Kauffmann was one of a family of binders working in Paris in the late 19th and early 20th century, producing sumptuous bindings for discerning bibliophiles, influenced by Octave Uzanne and the Goncourt brothers, whose enthusiasm for the books arts resulted in a brief "golden age" where publishers and binders competed to see who could produce the most extravagant works. Kauffmann's bindings appear on a number of strictly limited and splendidly produced books of the period, sometimes in collaboration with other binders, including Charles Meunier. Here, he has drawn inspiration from French bindings of the earlier "golden age" driven by Jean Grolier, but has added refreshing modern elements, notably the floral spray on the boards and the clever climbing floral vine on the spine. Bound for a collector with the initials "D M," our volume contains the charming tale of an elderly provincial priest contending with the scandalous new owner of the local castle, a "heretic" (read "Protestant") American actress. Fearing her corrupting influence on the innocent citizens of the parish and prepared to fight her wicked ways, the abbé is instead won over by the young woman, who turns out to be a gr … [Click Below for Full Description]
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