Lot n° 344
15000 - 20000
ROUAULT Georges (1871-1958)
Cirque de l'étoile filante
Paris, Ambroise Vollard, 1938.
In-folio: frontispiece, (4 ff., 2 first blanks), 168 pages, (4 ff., last blank), 16 plates, printed cover.
Paperback, filled cover, interlocking in grey cloth.
Original edition of 280 copies of this remarkable work designed by the artist Georges Rouault and published by Ambroise Vollard.
A true homage to the clowns and acrobats, whom the artist never stopped painting, the book is illustrated with 73 original woodcuts, 13 of which are full-page, and 17 original colour aquatints out of text.
One of the 215 copies on laid paper of Montval.
Precious copy accompanied in a separate slipcase by one of the original models of the book, bearing some annotations by Ambroise Vollard and other collaborators of the project. It contains practically no illustrations. There is also a handwritten table giving on 2 folio pages the "List and dimensions of the wood to be engraved", and 2 sheet proofs of pages 75 to 78, one of which bears Rouault's autograph corrections. This model was placed in a cardboard folder of an architectural album and in a modern canvas slipcase.
A very well preserved copy despite three unsplit plates and discharges on the leaves opposite the aquatints. The 8th plate to appear on page 64 has been placed opposite page 32. A duplicate of the title and justification has been attached to the book.
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