GUSMAN. Pierre. “BYBLIS”: Mirror des Arts du Livre et de L’Estampe.

(Paris): Editions Albert Morance, 1923.  First edition.  Deluxe issue.  Four volumes, complete year.  Printemps, Ete, Automne, Hiver, 150 XXXLX pages, continuous pagination.  This delightful artistic journal debuted in March of 1922 and ran until the Winter of 1931 as an unrivalled celebration of the decorative book arts.  The Spring issue, here includes two original lithographs, Rue Mouffetard, by Georges Gobo, and Chatham Square by Adriaan Lubbers as well as a chisel cut print, Eve by Decaris (printed by Porcabeuf).  Each print numbered 73 of 100 and signed by the artist.  The summer issue includes an etching, Le Troupeau sur le Pont by Jean-Louis Demarne (printed by Porcabeuf), numbered 73/100 (but not signed), En Condroz, a dry-point etching by Jean Donnay numbered 73/100 and signed by the artist.  The autumn issue includes an original lithograph Le Renard et le Bouc, and an original etching Les Estrangers Amours de la Reine by Lucien Boucher, both numbered 73/100 and signed by him.  The Winter issue includes original woodcuts Adoration des Mages and Nayure Morte by Jean Lebedeff both numbered 73/100 and signed by him as well as a chisel cut, Sarah-la-Baigneuse by Pierre Dubreuil  numbered 73/100 and signed by him and also exclusive to this deluxe edition is an original printing, by Louis Jou, of a page from  Armours de Psyche et Cupidon.  All copies loose leafs, Arches paper, partially uncut, laid-into printed and decorated card covers.  All issues complete and in very good condition, some creasing to corner of sheets in autumn issue and some foxing to preliminary texts of the winter issue.  A nice set of the rarely found deluxe issue for 1923.


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