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Verdun, Mars - Avril 1916.
Paris; Librairie Dorbon-Aine ? 1916 - Small folio (320 x 240mm), number 41 of 50 de grand luxe: ces derniers contiennent, outre une double suite des planches, l'une en noir, l'autre en couleurs [two suites of 53 plates on 51, that is 106plates on 102, in two states, hand-coloured and plain, all as called for], un CROQUIS ORIGINAL DE L'ARTISTE, publisher's binding in sketch-book style of canvas with slot for pencil on lower board edge and long strap, the upper board with the number of the copy in ink with the title hand-written by Jonas, 'Verdun, Mars - Avril 1916' and a large original sketch of a marching French infantry-man with shouldered rifle and pipe above Jonas' signature; paper label with library shelf-mark? on upper board; front and rear pastedown reproduce the original handwritten list of plates and pen sketches; the rear pastedown has the publisher's printed paper label pasted over part of an illustration in lower corner. The canvas very grubby; the plates are mounted on guards but sewing rather loose; some edges of plates chipped; the odd corner creased. Lucien Jonas (1880-1947), 'Peintre militaire attaché au Musée de l'Armée' in Paris, was one of the most prolific and moving of Great War artists. He was mobilized in December 1914, and spent much of the War on the front lines, producing thousands of portraits, landscapes and military scenes in the form of drawings, oil paintings, charcoals and sketches of all types. This work the third? from the series of thirteen published between 1915-1919. The original signed watercolour which fronts the plates is of an infantry-man bent below a bulky pack and shouldered rifle, walking with the aid of a stick. [Attributes: Signed Copy]
      [Bookseller: Staniland (Booksellers) P.B.F.A.]
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