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l'Animal dans la décoration
Paris, Librairie Centrale des Beaux-Arts (E. Lévy, ed.), [1897]. Folio. (45.9 x 33.7 cm). Half title, title (in two colours). iv pp., 60 fine lithographed plates, some heightened with silver and gold. Ten original printed wrappers preserved. Contained in later marbled quarter cloth portfolio. * Rare complete set - originally published in ten livraisons - of one of the most influential works in the Art Nouveau movement by the French illustrator Maurice Pillard Verneuil (1869-1942). The plates show a spectacular mix between realism, with the animals portrayed accurately and in great detail, and romanticism: the selection of individual animals, the composition of the plates, the use of colour - it all adds up to a power of imagination that left a strong impression on turn-of-the-century free and applied art. Many plates show reptiles, others deer, swans, sea horses, butterflies, hares, peacocks, etc., etc. Single plates are known to fetch Euro 200 or more. The plates are all in a very good condition, free of spotting, only some very marginal light age-toning. A few have a short marginal tear, never anywhere near the printed image. Original wrappers have been preserved and are all in two parts. One with a clean tear and one is missing a large piece of its front. Only four complete copies appeared at auction over the last 40 years and it is especially rare to have the original wrappers still included. Benezit, 8, p. 534.
      [Bookseller: Dieter Schierenberg bv]
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