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SCHMIED, François-Louis--MARDRUS, Joseph Charles.
Le Livre de la vérité de la Parole.
ParisF.-L. Schmied, 1929. LIMITED EDITION 10/150 signed by the artist. 4to (34 x 23.5 cm.), loose as issued in original printed wrappers, burgundy card folder and slipcase, printed paper labels to spine of folder. Occasional minor light offsetting or spotting, generally a fine copy. Decorated throughout in pochoir and with 12 full page plates by Schmied, each signed in pencil by the artist, plus two additional suites of plates (53 printed in black, and 53 in colour), each in a printed wrapper signed by Schmied in pencil, numbered no.1 and number 10 respectively. The illustrations all by Schmied, the text by Mardrus comprising twelve chapters adapted from ancient Egyptian sacred teachings. François-Louis Schmied received great praise following the publication of Daphné (1924). In the very same year, the Art Deco engraver, illustrator, typographer, printer, bookbinder and publisher befriended doctor, orientalist and translator Dr. Joseph-Charles Mardrus. Colonialism and Orientalism were at their very peak at this time. Schmied and Mardrus shared a strong sensitivity to literature, which guaranteed their harmonious collaboration. Mardrus translated the Tales of 1001 Nights into French and also supplied Schmied with the translation of the ancient Egyptian texts from Le livre de la vérité de parole for this book. It was a book of the dead, in which every chapter begins, like a doorway to eternity, with the incantation 'O, shapes of eternity, here I am' ('O formes d'éternité me voici'). They are accompanied by Schmied's graphic memorial stones. [Attributes: Signed Copy; Soft Cove … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Robert Frew Ltd. ABA ILAB [London, United Kingdom]
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