Paris: Librairie Plon, . Demachy. First edition. [First Series] Folio, half-title, [v] consisting of illustrated title page, preface and table of contents, with 48 photogravure plates tipped to a variety of white and colored stocks, with printed tissue guards. Stiff wrappers illustrated and printed in colors. The plates are bright and fine, with the exception of the 5 sheets of white stock and the touching tissue guards, which are lightly to moderately foxed, not affecting the image. [Second Series] Folio, half-title, title page and 48 photogravure plates tipped to a variety of white and colored stocks, with printed tissue guards. The plates are bright and fine, with the exception of the 7 sheets of white stock and the touching tissue guards, which are lightly to moderately foxed, not affecting the image. The combined first and second series, complete in 96 hand-pulled photogravures. The illustrated wrappers are of gray art paper, printed and decorated in green, black and gray, designed by G. Auriol. The second series' spine has been expertly repaired at its base. Housed in a newly-made clamshell box of cloth with paper label, and each series further contained in a cloth chemise with a reproduction of the series' title mounted to the front board. Item #31718
Art Nouveau design by G. Auriol; introduction by Émile Dacier. The photographers in the first series include: C. Job, P. Dubreuil, F. Boissonnas, R. Demachy, G. Rey, C. Puyo, L. Misonne, A. Malle, H. Linck, A. Gilibert, G. Salle, A. Hachette, A. da Chuha, et al. The photographers in the second series include: C. Job, F. Boissonnas, L. Misonne, Mme. G.-A. Barton, A. Turrino, A. Malle, E. Wallon, A. Gilibert, C. Ménard, E. Steichen, A. Keighley, G. Rey, A. Lemoine, et al. One of the finest collections representing the international Pictorialist aesthetic.