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[UZANNE, Octave & Félix Vallotton]

Badauderies parisiennes. Les Rassemblements. Physiologies de la rue

Paris, Henri Floury, 1896

FINE COPY OF ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE BELLE ÉPOQUE

FIRST EDITION, ILLUSTRATED

Texts by Paul Adam, Léon Blum, Félix Fénéon, Ernest La Jeunesse, Jules Renard, etc. Prologue by Octave Uzanne

8vo (234 x 171mm)
COLLATION : (2) ff., XII-232 pp.
ISSUE of 220 copies on vellum, this one numbered 173
ILLUSTRATION : 34 original wood engravings by Félix Vallotton, including 3 in-text, 30 printed full page on Japan, and 1 on the original wrappes preserved as the wholeat the beggining of the volume… Over one hundred sketches engraved by François Courbouin

BINDING SIGNED BY BERNASCONI. Half red morocco, gilt spine, gilt upper edges, original wrappers and spine bound in, uncut, many original deckled.

Minimal restoration to the fold of the wrapper's spine. The second embossed paper wrapper was not preserved

This is the first of seven publications given by Société des bibliophiles indépendants, which was formed in March 1896, at the initiative of Octave Uzanne, and counted two hundred subscribers. This edition of the Badauderies parisiennes is presented by Uzanne as “the first attempt at luxury publishing with the help of the writers of the last hour (the newest writers)” (cf. p. IX), most of the authors were regular contributors to La Revue Blanche of the Natanson brothers. Félix Vallotton, whose first book it was as an engraver, wrote the texts from engravings.

REFERENCE : B. Hugonnard-Roche, “Les Bibliophiles indépendants. Octave Uzanne, seul maître à bord”, 7 mai 2013, en ligne : http://www.octaveuzanne.com/2013/05/les-bibliophiles-independants-doctave.html