Mauclair, Camille - Rochegrosse, Georges... - Lot 314 - Crait + Müller

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Mauclair, Camille - Rochegrosse, Georges... - Lot 314 - Crait + Müller
Mauclair, Camille - Rochegrosse, Georges - Le Poison des pierreries. Letter-Preface by the Author. Paris, Ferroud, 1903. In-4, full blue morocco with smooth spine, mosaic art deco composition on the boards, double fillet inside with small gilt beads on the corners, covers and spine preserved, gilt head, lined case. Upper hinge cracked, freckles (Binding by E. Berthet). - 2 ff.], III, 82 pp. and [1 f.], cover and 17 colour illustrations by Rochegrosse engraved in etching by Decizy (6 full-page), pencil signature of Decizy below the last vignette. Edition at 312 numbered copies, the one on vellum justified in blue pencil "reserved for Mr. Decisy F.F.". Copy enriched with a letter from Camille Mauclair to [Mrs. Mulhfeld], Chateauneuf de Grasse, March 15 [1918], 4 pp. in-4 : "I am an incorrigible bear [...], an ill-behaved bear, but whose heart is always sensitive to friendship. I have been living here for a year - since the bombs almost killed me in St Leu - in the hut that suits my bearishness, rocks, olive trees, sky, sea in the background, the life of peasants, work, peace [...] I fight with the pen for my country, to which I consider that the gospel according to Saint Barbusse would be the worst calamity after the gospel according to Saint Kaiser." He will return to Saint-Leu and will often go to Paris: "I will make representations. I will! I have goose bumps in advance! but after all I don't have the money [...] my brain is intoxicated with Czech, Yugoslavian and Armenian causes, with anti-malvysm, with anti-Barbussism [...]". Beautiful orientalist compositions by Rochegrosse. Precious copy of the engraver to which a magnificent letter from the author is attached.
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