Lot n° 310
250 - 350
Banville, Theodore de - Rochegrosse, Georges... - Lot 310 - Crait + Müller
Banville, Theodore de - Rochegrosse, Georges - Les Princesses. Paris, Ferroud, 1904. Large in-8, half morocco with fawn corners, gilt fillets on the boards, smooth spine decorated with a mosaic plant decoration, orange morocco title-piece, gilt head, covers and spine preserved (Binding by Blanchetière-Bretault) - VI pp., [1 f.], vignette on the title, frontispiece, headband, 20 out-of-text compositions and a cul-de-lampe by Rochegrosse engraved by Decizy, ochre ornaments framing the text Edition at 400 numbered copies, 1/270 on Arches vellum (n° 254). Famous collection of poems by Banville in which he celebrates some illustrious princesses of Antiquity such as Helen, Cleopatra or Herodias and some others of modern times such as Marie Stuart, Lucretia Borgia, the Princess of Lamballe or Mme Tallien. Superb compositions in black by Rochegrosse which evoke "in a rich and fabulous decor" these "Princesses whose dreams are stingy" and who "Triumph again under the rare fabrics".
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