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MALLASIS, Edmond; ORAZI, Manuel; FARNETI, Carlo.

Les Cent Nouvelles.

Nouvelles attribués au Roi Louis Onzième.

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Paris, Javal & Bourdeaux, 1931

from the publisher's collection - original drawings for the work by three artists.

Les Cent Nouvelles Nouvelles is a collection of stories from the court of Phillipe le Bon in the mid fifteenth-century. The stories, as the title suggests were long attributed to Louis XI but their exact authorship is unknown. The stories were aimed to amuse the King whilst he was estranged from his father, King Charles VII of France and were presented to the Duke of Burgundy at Dijon in 1462. The licentious tales are centred around the scandals of society rather than the chivalrous acts of knights and provide an insight into the reality of fifteenth-century court life.

This is a wonderfully illustrated edition with original compositions from three different artists, Edmond Mallasis, Manuel Orazi and Carlo Farnetti. Edmond Mallasis (1874-1940) was a notable illustrator, painter and student of the painter Gustave Moreau. His style differs greatly

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Limited edition, number 31 of 40 examples on japon imperial; 3 vols; 4to; illustrated with 16 colour plates in the text by Edmond Mallasis along with a suite of four states (colour, sanguine, bistre and blue) hors-texte, together with a second interpretation of the illustrations by Manuel Orazi (16 original lithographs in five states: sanguine, blue, monochrome, colour and colour with remarques), and also with 25 original etchings in three states by Carlo Farneti (monochrome with remarks, bistre with remarks and in sanguine with remarks); also included are 10 signed original warercolours and 11 original sketches by Malassis, 3 original pen drawings by Carlo Farneti and 5 watercolours by Manuel Orazi (slightly foxed and warer damaged); all housed in modern maroon morocco boxes.


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