Lot n° 173
20000 - 30000
Result with fees
: 27 801EUR
SCHMIED FRANÇOIS-LOUIS (1873-1941) - WILDE OSCAR (1854-1900)
Paris, F.-L. Schmied, 1926. In-4, 2 volumes, one of which is a suite, blue morocco, different geometrical decoration for each volume, drawn by white, black, blue or beige morocco scrolls, some more important blue pieces, two large lacquers in the lining of the text volume, blue fault guards, uncropped, half morocco folders, interlocking (F.L. Schmied - Lacquer J. Dunand).
This edition of Two Tales of Oscar Wilde was prepared by F.-L. Schmied on the friendly initiative of Messrs. Louis Barthou, Jean Guiffrey, Jacques André, Charles Miguet and Frank Altschul. It is illustrated with colour compositions by F.-L. Schmied, who engraved and printed them on his hand presses.
Apart from the cover illustration and the 5 woodblocks out of text, the edition is illustrated with 27 thin vertical bands in the first tale and 23 horizontal bands in the second, plus a starting letter for each tale and monochrome line ends. Far from being considered decorative by Schmied, these abstract banners are for him a true illustration, for which he gives the table and the caption at the end of each part. The illustration also includes 2 small woods and 4 vertical woods for the tables, and a small colour strip to finish printing. Edition with the English text, printed in 20 copies only. It has the same illustration as the French edition printed in 162 copies. One of the 5 copies reserved for employees, this one n° II.
The binding is decorated with a geometrical decoration designed by him and enriched on the back covers for the text volume with two important eggshell-bottom lacquers by Jean Dunand based on his compositions, one of them bearing his signature. One of these lacquers represents a nightingale and the other the rose, subjects of the second Count of Wilde.
The second volume includes the suites in black and colour on Japan of all the compositions. Twelve woods are missing in the colour suite, and eight in the black suite. These suites are those of t
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