Promenade avec Gabrielle.
Editions de la Nouvelle Revue Francaise (NRF), Paris, 1919.
A PRISTINE COPY OF LABOUREUR'S EARLY ART-DECO MASTERPIECE, IN PRISTINE CONDITION.
A stunning art-deco livre d'artiste, with 16 ORIGINAL COLOR LITHOGRAPHS BY LABOUREUR.
The text--the heretofore unpublished original version of the eighth chapter of "Simon le pathétique"--is lithographed in blue, in facsimile of Giraudoux's manuscript.
The brightly colored lithographs are among Laboureur's earliest book illustrations: they were executed in 1919, although the book was not completed until 1924.
From a total edition of 185 copies, this is one of 170 copies printed on extremely fine, thick Arches laid paper. 4to. Original wraps.
UNCUT, FINE, AND BRIGHT.
Sylvain Laboureur 776 (vol. II, pp. 339-342 and color plate 17), pointing out that this is the only book which combines Laboureur's illustrations with lithographed text.
In The Fleuron (II, 325), Paul Istel writes: "It is hardly a book, only a light album of twenty pages, the reproduction of an autograph manuscript adorned with sixteen colour-lithographs. Here the decorative idea is entirely new and the effect entirely successful: both text and engraving have been drawn from the stone. The text of Giraudoux, in a facsimile of handwriting, is printed in blue, the color of fountain-pen ink, and Laboureur has created (and designed directly with the brush) landscapes in gay and fresh colours, where the same blue throws its dominant note--the ensemble being an adorable concerto in which the impalpable fantasy of the writer and the impressionism of the artist are most happily united."