Lot n° 168
50000 - 70000 EUR
SCHMIED FRANÇOIS-LOUIS (1873-1941) - MARDRUS JOSEPH-CHARLES (1868-1949)
Story of Princess Boudour. Tale of a Thousand and One Nights.
Paris, [F.-L. Schmied], 1926. In-4, blue morocco, spine with 2 wide flat ribs, mosaic composition, threaded and with paint highlights on the first plate, decoration of gilt fillets running on the plates, spine and inside frame, blue silk lining and endpapers brocaded with gilt floral motifs, gilt edges, shirt, case, and cover preserved (Creuzevault). (Some rubbing on the case).
Original edition of the rarest rarity, printed in only 20 numbered copies on japanese. Splendid colour illustration by François-Louis Schmied: about 50 woods, 18 of which are very large, in the text, all engraved by him and enhanced with colours by hand in the lacquering workshops of Jean Dunand; nearly 300 letters and bits of lines by hand in the text, in colour harmonies varying according to the pages, with gold or white highlights, tracing geometrical or erotic motifs.
Copy enriched with a magnificent original erotic watercolour, signed "FL Schmied", with the autograph mention "for Boudour". 184 x 120 mm, with gold and silver highlights, under cover of Japanese paper. It depicts the two lovers of the book, Boudour and Kamaralzamân: "Princess Boudour is looked at by those who can see, as the capital book of this first quarter of a century. By its writing and its general technique, it is a premeditated exception in the doing of its author. To produce it, he really had fun this time - as an enthusiastic reader of The Thousand and One Nights - commenting graphically on the text that he knows so well and with which he is as if imbued [...]. He [...] gave us the delectable gift of three hundred and ninety colourful vignettes, all different and related to the text [...]. And is not this Schmiedian munificence, after all, the exaltation of our modernity, and in accordance with our tastes, of making incomparable images of the East? [...]. With what tenderness, with what deaf and restrained passion, which belongs only t
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