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TOYE, Nina et Alec Henry ADAIR -- Jean-Émile LABOUREUR

Petits et Grands Verres. Choix des meilleurs cocktails, recueillis par Nina Toye & A. H. Adair et mis en français par Ph. Le Huby. Les gravures sont de J.-E. Laboureur

Paris, Au Sans Pareil, [1927]

COCKTAILS TO DREAM ABOUT, DELICATE ENGRAVINGS OF LABOUREUR.

EDUCATIONAL MANUAL OF A RAFFINED DRUNKENNESS IN THE TIME OF ART DECO.

EXEMPLAIRE DE TÊTE, BROCHÉ, WITH THE SUITE ON JAPAN, PRINTED FOR THE PUBLISHER OF THE WORK : RENÉ HILSUM

FIRST EDITION of the French translation

4to (250 x 200mm)
LIMITATION : one of the 20 EXEMPLAIRES DE TÊTE on Arches laid paper, the only ones accompanied by a suite of 10 engravings printed on japan, this one n° 11 “imprimé pour M. et Mme René Hilsum”, as mentioned in the details of issue
ILLUSTRATION : 10 etchings and burin engravings by Jean-Émile Laboureur with the suite on japan required in the details of issue, brochée at the end of the volume
BROCHÉ, under its wrappers with flaps with the upper side decorated with an illustration in color by J.É. Laboureur
PROVENANCE : René Hilsum (nominative printing)

Tiny stains on pp. 86-87, a few minute tears repaired on the spine

One of the two authors, “Robin” Adair, had been intimately linked to Marcel Boulestin (1878-1943), a famous promoter of French cuisine in England and the United States. Together they opened a famous restaurant (“Boulestin”) near Covent Garden, in 1926. They created cooking classes and several restaurants including one in the Basque country (La Daoune, Hossegor, Landes).

This collection of two hundred cocktail recipes put together by Nina Toye and Alec Henry Adair (1901-1956) had been published in 1925 under the title of Drinks-Long and Short Cocktails (London, Heinemann, 1925) with a wrapper already illustrated in color by Jean-Émile Laboureur (1877-1943). A rare fact in the history of the book, the artist then became a translator of English into French and at the request of René Hilsum and Sans Pareil, illustrated the work more fully with ten copper engravings.

This book would become one of the great successes of Art Deco. Rare in exemplaire de tête, since there only exists twenty with the suite on Japan, it has been bound several times by the greatest contemporary masters of bookbinding. One of the twenty Arches was bound by Paul Bonet (Carnets, n° 99) for Paul Istel before belonging to Colonel Sickles, Jean Parizel then Otto Schäfer (Paris, November 26, 2003, lot 14, €70,500). Two other exemplaires de tête were also bound by Pierre Legrain, one for Auguste Lambiotte, the other for Pierre Legrain himself (coll. Marc Litzler, Paris, February 20, 2019, n° 149, €119,000).

BIBLIOGRAPHY : S. Laboureur, Jean-Émile Laboureur, II, n° 343 -- P. Fouché, Au Sans Pareil, n° 81