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We are a specialist online bookshop dealing in rare books in the following areas:

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XXe SIECLE: Chroniques du Jour

XXe SIECLE: Chroniques du Jour

LAZZARO, Gualtieri di San (editor)

First series of five magazines complete; Nos. 1-5/6; 4to; original wrappers, No. 1, Mars 1938 has an original colour lithograph by Pascin ("Le Chaperon Rouge"), with articles by Kandinsky, Le Corbusier, de Chirico, etc.; No. 2, Mai 1938 has an original colour lithograph by Kurt Seligmann and contributions by Miro, Man Ray, and Zadkine; No. 3, Juillet 1938 has 6 original woodcuts in colour and black-and-white by Kandinsky, including 2 colour woodcuts made for "Klange"; one colour woodcut for Der Blaue Reiter (Special Edition); No. 4, Christmas 1938. With 8 original engravings by Matisse, Arp, de Chirico, Miro, Laurens, Helion, Zadkine and Magnelli. With 2 coloured lithographs by Duchamp and Bill; No. 5/6, 1939. With original lithograph by Max Ernst, original engraving by W. Power, Kandinsky wood-engraving in 2 colours, and a Gino Severini "Futurist" engraving. Fine, a little dusty and some wear to the spines, internally fresh.


Russian Ballet

Russian Ballet

BOMBERG, David

First edition; one of c.100 copies. The complete folio, with cover, title page, 6 colour-printed lithographic illustrations with facing lithographic text by Bomberg. Based on pre-war drawings that were inspired by the London performances of Diaghilev's Ballets Russes, while associated with the Vorticist group of artists. Centred on Wyndham Lewis and Ezra Pound, the movement flourished briefly, before being dispersed by the impact of the First World War. Russian Ballet is the only surviving example of a Vorticist artist's book and can be seen as a parody of Marinetti's futurist book Zang Tumb Tumb, using similar language to the Italian's work glorifying war, but instead praising the impact of watching the decidedly less militaristic Ballets Russes. The book was the last time that Bomberg would work in a Vorticist idiom. After witnessing the horrors of the War at first hand, he lost faith in modernism. The volumes were manufactured by Bomberg and his wife. He attempted to sell some of them at a performance of the Ballets Russes (which was halted by Diaghilev himself), after which most of the copies were placed with the Vorticist bookshop and publisher The Bomb Shop Hendersons. It is thought that about ten were sold and then Henderson withdrew them as unsaleable. The work is rare, due to the small size of the edition and the fragility of the volumes. This is a fine set preserved in a specially made box.


The Great War. Fourth Year, Paintings by C.R.W. Nevinson.

The Great War. Fourth Year, Paintings by C.R.W. Nevinson.

NEVINSON, C.R.W.

With an Introductory essay by J.E. Crawford Flitch. First edition. Colour frontispiece, 23 other plates. 4to, quarter cloth boards, with paper labels. Signed in pencil at the foot of the frontispiece by Nevinson. Additionally inscribed "To my good friend Don Pedro from J.E. Crawford Fllitch Dec 1919. Nevinson joined the army in the autumn of 1914 and went to Flanders as a mechanic and ambulance driver. He was invalided out in 1916 but was to become one of the great war artists, producing some of the most harrowing images of the conflict. Fine. A lovely copy preserved in a specially made slip case..



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