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(Derain, André: 1880-1954); Rabelais, François.  Les Horribles et Espovantables Faictz et Prouesses du Très Renommé Pantagruel, Roy des Dipsodes Fils du Grand Géant Gargantua.

 Orné de Bois en Couleurs Dessinés et Gravés par André Derain.


First edition, early issue bearing Rameau’s address of “faubourg mon marthe” before he moved to Rameau’s house on rue di Bussi, but with the Avis mentioning Le Maître à danser ([]1 recto) and with the legend on title page: Renou. Sculpt (see Fletcher #27).


Paris:Skira, 1943.  #62 of 200 numbered copies, signed by Derain.  (Entire edition 275: 15 with an original drawing and a suite; 35 with a suite;  25 hors commerce: 200 as this).  Folio (13 ½ x 11"). Original wrappers, unbound text and illustrations as issued. 187p [1]p. 3f. Incl. 179 woodcuts printed in color, of which some are illustrated initial letters. Publisher’s sleeve and slipcase. Very fine.

From The Artist and the Book: “Instead of cutting a separate block for each color, which is the usual practice, Derain cut a white line on each block to separate the color areas. The block were then inked in several colors and printed on dampened paper. The woodcuts were printed by Roger Lacourière over a period of two years in a special studio which was set up for the project, the text was set by Georges Girard.

References: “The Artist & the Book” 81; Rauch 38; Chapon p.155; Skira 91; Strachan p.330; Carteret IV, p.329; Monod 9403; “From Manet to Hockney” French Art of the Book #49.


$22,500

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