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Toussaint, Franz
Grains de Poivre with ten pochoirs by Janine Aghion
Paris: Andre Delpeuch, 1927. Book. Illus. by Aghion, Janine. Near Fine. Hardcover. Limited Edition. Ten pochoir plates, 2 monochrome and 8 polychrome, plus 22 in-text monochrome illustrations. Text in French. Hardcover, bound in marbled boards, with original wraps bound in at back. Light wear along edges of boards, text block and all plates fine. Franz Toussaint (1879-1955) was a French writer, orientalist, and screenwriter, as well as a translator from Arabic, Persian, Sanskrit, and Japanese. He is best known for his translation of the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam. Janine Aghion was a French painter and illustrator who worked primarily for Paul Poiret in the Atelier Martine. Aghion, along with Guy-Pierre Fauconnet, created the costumes for the famed Negro Festival, organized by Paul Guillaume at the Comédie des Champs-Elysées on June 10, 1919. Grains de Poivre exhibits Aghion's use of strong colors and geometrically modified human figures to emphasize the exoticism of Toussaint's writing. The two artists succeed in creating the unity of form and content that is the defining feature of a well designed book. Number 137 from a limited edition of 450. .
Bookseller: Alan Foljambe, Bookseller ~ ABAC/ILAB [Kingston, ON, Canada]

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