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La Lithographie originale en couleurs. Couverture et estampe de Pierre Bonnard.
- Paris; publication de L?Estampe et l?affiche, 1898. First edition. 22,5x19 cm. (2), 43, (2, 3 blanks) pp. + lithographed frontispiece. Later tan boards with black leather label on spine. Both wrappers preserved. The spine label has slightly worn edges. Foot of spine is a bit bumped, and there is a 9 cm long crack in lower front joint. The rear wrapper is insignificantly soiled. Contents are very fine. The frontispiece and the front wrapper are both lithographies by Bonnard. The book was printed in 1000 copies, of which 200 were numbered copies on Holland paper, and 800 unnumbered copies on vellum paper. This copy belongs to the latter group. ?Only Mellerio perceived color lithography as the most consistent common denominator of the avant-garde, regardless of philosophical or aesthetic bent ? symbolist, pointillist or realist. His book systematically supported this view with critical analyses of the work of more than forty artists while documenting the publishers, the printers, and publications which promoted the medium.? (Cate and Hitchings, The Color Revolution. Color Lithography in France 1890-1900, pp. 74). ?Because of its cover and multi-color frontispiece, this book is often considered the first French livre de peintre with original color lithographs.? (Hofer, The Artist & the Book, 1860-1960, pp. 26). [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]
      [Bookseller: Patrik Andersson, Antikvariat.]
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