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RÉGNY, Jane.
Le zodiaque. Dessins de Mariette Lydis.
Paris: G. Govone, 1928. Square octavo, 16 pp. Original pale brown wrappers lettered in red. Covers lightly soiled and showing some signs of handling, internally clean and unopened. Colour pochoir folding frontispiece and one plate from designs by Mariette Lydis; title page and colophon printed in red and black. First and limited edition, number 20 of 1, 000 copies printed for the friends of Jane Régny, this for "La Comtesse de Montgomery", presumably Lady Beatrice Eleanor Paget (1883-1973), 12th countess of Montgomery; from a total edition of 1, 200, ordinary copies issued with an uncoloured frontispiece. This is an attractive astrological plaquette combining the talents of tennis star-turned- fashion designer Balouzet Tillard de Tigny, known as Jane Régny - who opened a couture house dedicated to sports and travel fashion - and illustrator Mariette Lydis, who at this time was establishing her reputation as a fashionable illustrator and "began another affair with the art publisher of Les Presses de l'Hotel Sagonne, Comte Giuseppe Govone" (Jack Zipes in Béla Balázs, The Cloak of Dreams: Chinese Fairy Tales, Princeton UP 2010, p. 59). Conspicuously uncommon: not located in British and Irish institutional libraries, with OCLC citing BnF, Koninklijke Bibliotheek and Miami only. [Attributes: First Edition]
Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA/ ILAB. [London, United Kingdom]

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