Paris: Librairie des Arts Décoratifs, . First edition. Folio,  preliminary leaves and 54 b&w plates. Loosely laid-in a cloth-backed printed gold foil over boards portfolio with ribbon ties. The foil is moderately scuffed with moderate wear to the cloth at the spine ends; occasional light foxing at the blank edges of some plates. Very good. Item #53149
"1931 Paris Exposition Coloniale, called by some the most spectacular colonial extravaganza ever staged in the West, attracted eight million visitors in six months and showcased the diverse cultures and immense resources of France's colonial possessions. The French government brought people from the colonies to Paris and had them create native arts and crafts and perform in grandly scaled reproductions of their native architectural styles such as huts or temples. Other nations participated in the event, including The Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, Japan, Portugal, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The Exposition provided a forum for the discussion of colonialism in general and of French colonies specifically. French authorities published over 3,000 reports during the six-month period and held over 100 congresses. It also served as a vehicle for colonial writers to publicize their works, and it created for example a market in Paris for various ethnic cuisines, particularly North African and Vietnamese." OCLC.