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BOFA (Gustave Blanchot, dit Gus)

Synthèses littéraires et extra-littéraires, présentées par Roland Dorgelès

Paris, Éditions Mornay, 1923

FINE ART DECO BINDING BY MAROT-RODDE. ONE OF THE MOST CHARMING BOOKS OF THE 1920S.

JACQUES ANDRÉ COPY

FIRST EDITION (190 x 142mm)

ILLUSTRATION : 40 compositions by Gus Bofa colored by stencil

LIMITATION : one of 90 copies on Holland, second paper after 29 japan and before 1161 vergé

BINDING SIGNED BY MAROT-RODDE. Raspberry morocco, geometric inlaid gilt décor, title in gilt letters on the side, gilt spine, doublure in green and red morocco, endleaf in green silk, original wrappers and spine bound in, gilt head. Slipcase

PROVENANCE : Jacques André (ex-libris)

Small tear on top of spine

The forty stencils by Gus Bofa make up as many tasty caricatures of famous writers, living or dead in the 1920s, like Émile Zola, Guy de Maupassant, Paul Verlaine, Stephane Mallarmé, Feodor Dostoïevski, Joris-Karl Huysmans, Marcel Proust, Alfred Jarry and Friedrich Nietzsche.

Louise Marot-Rodde worked from 1920 to 1936 and was “avec Rose Adler l’une des plus grandes dames de la reliure des années vingt, très appréciée des bibliophiles de son époque, notamment de Louis Barthou” (Fabienne Le Bars). She also created several bindings for Jacques André, the eminent collector of Art Deco, whose books were sold in part in 1951. “She worked with her daughter [Suzanne Marot], who with a lot of taste and very new ideas, took care of the decorative part of the bindings executed by her mother” (E. Crauzat, La Reliure française de 1900 à 1925).

The paternal inheritance of a petroleum fortune allowed Jacques André (1882-1970) to create a collection of Art Deco books, each one more sumptuously bound than the next. Bindings by Marot-Rodde, Germaine Schroeder, Jeanne Langrand, René Kieffer, Rose Adler, François-Louis Schmied and others are found on each page of the sales catalogue of his library (November 27-28 1951). This book was not in the 1951 sale.