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SCHMIED, Francois-Louis; MARDRUS, J. C.

Histoire charmante de l'adolescente Sucre d'Amour.

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Paris, Schmied, 1927

One of Schmied's most impressive works. A magnificent example of art deco book design.

Mardrus, an Orientalist described himself as 'Muslim by birth and Parisian by accident'. His translation of 'One Thousand and One Nights' was hugely popular and helped inspire the rage for all things Oriental in 1920s Paris. Mardrus gave full credit to Schmied for the book's realisation, writing 'Dear Schmied, it is to please you that this unpublished text has been developed. Without you, without your enthusiasm, it would still be in nothingness. Your friend, J. C. M.' Indeed, Schmied was responsible for every aspect of the book's production engraving all of the woodcut decorations and plates and printing them himself as well as designing the layout of the text.



Limited edition, one of 150 examples on Arches, from a total edition of 170, signed by the illustrator on the justification, 4to (30.5 x 26 cm); numerous illustrations printed in colour after Schmied, 14 of which are full-page, head and tail pieces, initial and decorations also after Schmied, many heightened in gold and silver, frontispiece signed in pencil by the artist, a.e.g.; finely bound by Charles Lanoë in blue morocco with intricate Art Nouveau onlay design with gilt detail to covers and spine, patterned silk doublures, marbled endpapers, original wrappers bound in, a fine example.


Carteret, Illustrés, IV, p. 263

Stock ID:106831

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