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EXCEPTIONAL MODERNIST BINDING ANTHOINE-LEGRAIN, Jacques [Binder] Candide, by Voltaire [François-Marie Arouet]. Illustrated by Gus Bofa. Paris: Librairie des Champs-Élysées, 1932. 4to. With 33 coloured plates and 32 illustrations in the text by Gus Bofa. Limited to 100 copies, on Arches and with a suite of illustrations in black. Of these, this is number IV of 14 hors commerce copies, containing a number of trial proofs on Chine. Bound in light blue morocco, with a design of gilt rays spreading in from a small central ivory inlay, one band inlaid in darker blue calf, wide inside borders similarly inlaid and gilt; brown suede flyleaves and pastedowns, gilt edges. In card chemise [some repairs to the verso of the chemise] and leather trimmed card slipcase. Jacques Anthoine-Legrain was the step-son of Pierre Legrain and took over the business after Pierre's death in 1929. They were at the forefront of the Art Deco and Modernist movement in French bookbinding. This is a stunning example of his work carried out on the smallest limitation of the rarest of Bofa's illustrated books; this is the only copy ever seen at auction, being sold by Sothebys in 1969 as part of the celebrated sale of Fine French Illustrated Books and Bindings, the Property of Senhor Nicolau Lunardelli.
Author ANTHOINE-LEGRAIN, Jacques [Binder]
Date 1932

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