Contes des fées.
Paris, La Sirène, 1920
Lucien Laforge was born in Paris in 1889 and was a staunch pacifist, feigning lunacy twice to be discharged during WWI. He published a work in 1922 titled 'le film 1914' which satirised the conflict with grotesque cartoons, blaming the horrors on the greed and stupidity of the wealthy elite. His simple and sometimes haunting style is also evident in his illustrations for fairy tales and was not considered fashionable at the time but displays the chilling legacy of the war. The bold black lines of his characters were incredibly progressive and appear almost cartoon-like.
First edition, first printing, one of one of 50 deluxe copies on Whatman; square 4to (25.5 x 25.5 cm); 8 circular pochoir plates 'colorié au patron' and 60 black and white illustrations in the text after Laforge; modern black morocco, flat spine, title in silver to spine, original pink wrappers bound in, a fine copy.
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