Saturday, October 18, 2014


TOULOUSE-LAUTREC, HENRI DE. French, 1864-1901.
CLEMENCEAU, GEORGES. Au pied du Sinaï. Paris: H. Floury Éditeur, 1898.
Quarto (259 x 197). Illustrated with 20 full-page lithographs hors-texte, each signed with monogram "TL" in a circle on the stone, and 6 additional small (culs-de-lampes) lithographs, three of which are signed with the monogram TL on the stone. Modern levant morocco boards with geometric gilt pattern, spine gilt-lettered, beige suede endpapers and doublures, top edge gilt, slipcase.

LIMITED EDITION, ONE OF 380 DELUXE COPIES WITH 10 ORIGINAL LITHOGRAPHS on Arches paper in black and the extra suite of 10 original lithographs printed in sepia on China paper. Clemenceau (1848-1929) was a prominent French journalist and statesman, renowned particularly for his defense of Dreyfus and for heading the war government in Paris from 1917 to 1920. "An account of ghetto life in Poland. A shrewd observer of his subjects, Lautrec spent hours in the Tournelle quarter of Paris, sketching poor Russian and Polish Jews. Lautrec's customary stippled grained ground, which he achieved by an ink spatter, is evident in these plates" (The Artist & the Book). One of the most important and legendary illustrated books of any era; now quite scarce. Gordon N. Ray considered this "the one substantial book illustrated by Lautrec" (Ray French 381). Adhemar 240-250; Adriani 213-227; The Artist & the Book 302; Chapon p 278; Delteil 235-249; Joyant, p 229; Lang 244; Lejard 125; Monod 2868; Rauch 16; Skira 338; Stern 108; Strachan p 34; Wick 16-17; Wittrock 188-201.