LE CAPITAINE FRACASSE. Theophile Gautier.
LE CAPITAINE FRACASSE.
LE CAPITAINE FRACASSE.
LE CAPITAINE FRACASSE.

LE CAPITAINE FRACASSE.

Illustre de cent cinquante dessins en couleurs de Joseph Hemard. [Text in French]. In two volumes. Pp. [iv]+iv+354(last blank)+[2](table, verso blank)+[iv]+360+[4](table and colophon, last blank), pochoir title page vignette, text illustrations and pictorial head & tailpieces both volumes, the title pages printed in red & black; bound by Riviere in half orange/tan morocco, the spines with gilt lettered green morocco title & volume labels between raised bands, marbled papered boards; t.e.g., others uncut; matching marbled endpapers; with the original pictorial paper wrappers and backstrip bound in (both volumes); Le Livre du Bibliophile, George Briffaut, Paris, [1926]. One of 835 numbered copies on velin de Rives paper (of a total edition of 900). *Volume One with a signed presentation inscription on blank preliminary leaf from the artist to the colourist: 'au maitre enlumineur Eugene Charpentier bien amicalement Joseph Hemard'. Joseph Hemard (1880-1961) was a prolific artist and cartoonist who illustrated many classics of French literature. He also designed textiles, book bindings, posters, and costumes and sets for operas. His 150 illustrations for Le Capitaine Fracasse were vividly coloured through stencils by Eugene Charpentier (perhaps a relative of the celebrated nineteenth century painter Eugene Louis Charpentier?). Theophile Gautier's swashbuckling novel, first published in 1863, became the basis for numerous film, theatre and television adaptations. Item #135957

Price: $750.00