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SCHMIED, Francois-Louis (illustrator); FORT, Paul.

Les Ballades françaises. Montagne, forêt, plaine, mer.

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Lyon, Cercle lyonnais du Livre, 1927

A wonderful edition of Paul Fort's Ballades françaises, which helped earn him the honorary French title of 'Prince of Poets'. The printer, painter and illustrator, Francois-Louis Schmied drew and engraved the charming illustrations to the text. Having rose to fame with his illustrations for Kipling's The Jungle Book in 1919, he produced luxurious books in very small editions for subscribers and bibliophiles. His strategy was to display sheets of his art work in progress at fairs and secure the interest of wealthy organisations and patrons before going to print. With financial backing and immense talent, he was able to become one of the most influential and active figures in Art Deco publishing and a master of the style.



Limited edition, one of 120 named examples on vélin teinté d'Arches printed for the members of the Lyon society, this example for Maurice Méric, 4to (25.5 x 20 cm); 54 illustrations in colour, drawn and engraved by Schmied (of which 26 are full-page); brown morocco binding, signed and dated 1998 by Honneger, with an abstract rectangle design to the covers, made up of red, green and brown morocco and yellow shagreen, with gilt lines, morocco doublures with gilt detail and cream suede guards, original wrappers bound in, in a morocco backed, brown suede lined, cloth clamshell box with gilt title to spine, an excellent copy.


Stock ID:105489

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