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George Barbier Illustrations

Regarded as one of the finest French illustrators of the early twentieth century, George Barbier (1882-1932) was born in Nantes, France. He is famously associated with the Art Deco movement and for his illustrations en pochoir (using stencils). Following his first exhibition in 1911, Barbier was offered commissions to design costumes for both ballet and theatre, whilst also illustrating books and creating haute couture fashion illustrations.


Collectable George Barbier Illustrations

A prolific illustrator, some of his best work is to be found in: Nijinsky, 1913; Le Bonheur du Jour, 1924; Vies Imaginaires, 1929; La Guirlande des Mois, 1917-1921; and the Gazette du Bon Ton, 1912-1925.


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  1. Group of six lithographs, hand-coloured in pochoir by Henri Reidel after Barbier, some with fully coloured backgrounds. Framed and glazed, 52 by 38.5cm.

  2. First edition, limited edition, one of 1250 on papier hollande, 5 vols, a complete set; 8vo (22 x 14.5 cm); 184 numbered colour pochoir plates with two supplementary un-numbered plates, text in French, advertisements; original blue printed wrappers laid over later boards, an excellent set.

  3. Limited edition, one of 67 copies on Japon, this numbered 37; 8vo (21 x 17.5 cm); 325pp., 36 compositions in colour after Barbier including the printed wrappers, title-page and vignette, printed on wood by Gasperini, with an additional suite of illustrations of the same composition but in a simplified outline design, printed in red, black, grey or purple, pages cut and in various sizes, blue marbled endpapers, minor age toning but otherwise very fresh; bound in contemporary quarter crushed dark blue morocco over marbled boards with the original wrappers bound in, spine in six parts with raised bands and gilt title to second, in excellent condition.

  4. Limited edition, one of 150 copies on Vélin de cuve de Hollande (this numbered 24), signed by Barbier; 4to (37 x 29 cm); manuscript dedication poem by Albert Flament, 12 full-page and 2 half-page colour woodcut engravings by Schmied after Barbier, text by Albert Flament with decorative devices, borders, initials and tail-pieces, gilt detail; illustrated wrapper with marble background, modern dark morocco blue with large gilt pictorial block to upper cover.

  5. First editions, 15 vols, 67 of 69 issues (lacking issues 7 [1924] & 10 [1925]), 4to; 535 hand-coloured lithographed plates en pochoir, 290 sketches, 7 unnumbered plates, and numerous coloured wood-engravings, a few short closed tears to text; 67 parts bound in 15 volumes of quarter vellum with marbled boards, green sheep back strips, red morocco labels, lettered in gilt, some minor marks and abrasions to the backstrips of 2 vols.

  6. 8vo (20.2 x 16 cm). No. 227 of 1000. 325 pp. with coloured wood-engraved illustrations by Gasperini after Barbier. Original pictorial wrappers.

  7. First edition, number 101 of 150 copies; 4to (26 x 21 cm); 27 text illustrations wood-engraved by Pierre Bouchet and printed in colour after designs by Barbier; presentation copy, signed by Barbier on front blank; loose as issued in original pictorial wrappers after Barbier, publisher's burgundy cloth chemise and slipcase.

  8. Pochoir plates by Barbier, framed and glazed, overall size: 22cm by 29.3cm. PRICE IS PER PLATE.

  9. First issue, limited edition, number 1150 of 1279, 8vo (22.8 x 14.8 cm); [1], viii, [1] (facsimile), 168 pp., limitation page, 43 pochoir plates, original blue printed paper wrappers bound, adverts, all bound in contemporary Bordeaux straight-grained morocco gilt, boards ruled in gilt, spine in 6 compartments, top edge gilt; a superb copy.

  10. First edition. 4to., 79 hand-coloured lithograph plates en pochoir, & 48 coloured croquis, loose as issued in original printed wrappers, trivial edge wear (corners very slightly defective to upper wrapper part 1), well preserved in a cloth clamshell box with brown morocco lettering piece.



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