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Wilde, Oscar - Daragnès. - Ballad of the... - Lot 238 - Crait + Müller
Wilde, Oscar - Daragnès. - Ballad of the Reading Geöle. Translated and prefaced by Henry-D. D'Avray. Paris, Léon Pichon (imprimeur), 1918. In-8, bound in full black jansenist morocco, spine gilt, author, title and head, covers preserved, the first printed in red and black (rel. Flammarion-Vaillant) - 74 pp. (the first 14 in roman numerals). Illustrated with 25 woodcuts by Daragnès. Edition at 395 copies, this one of 30 on Japon ancien à la forme (first edition), containing a double set of proofs of the engravings, one on Japon ancien à la forme, the other on Chine, all signed with Daragnès' monogram except the first one signed with his name, of an original full-page wash drawing, monogrammed, taking up the theme of the engraving on page 63. Without the announced edition of this drawing, replaced by an original drawing in Indian ink in the size of 4.6 x 4.5 cm (another refused proposal of the engraving on page 45). One of the first great books illustrated by Daragnès and undoubtedly one of those in which he best expressed the atmosphere of the book. The book was conceived and designed in 1917 in the workshops of the typographer Louis Kaldor, Léon Pichon being only the nominee for this edition.
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