February 05, 2008

Paris capitale

Paris Capitale is a tribute book in which each chapter refers to a typical place of the city. The text by André Maurois, known for his skill as storyteller, presents for each location a short scene between two characters. "Under the Arc de Triomphe" brings together a mother and her child, "Au Lapin Agile," an old writer and a bartender. For "The Eiffel Tower", Maurois improvise a friendly dialogue between an artist and an engineer. They are satisfied that the structure, yet qualified for its construction of "a carcass that dishonours Paris," remains in place.
The book includes ten full page lithographs by Maurice Utrillo, born in the Montmartre area, who gives a refreshing vision of Paris. It is Lucie Valore, his wife, who made the ornaments.

Currently, the librairie Loliée offers :
  • Utrillo (Maurice) - Maurois (André). Paris Capitale. Ornements de Lucie Valore. Paris, Joseph Foret, 1955, in-4, beautiful contemporary binding representing Paris (Manuel Gérard) . 10 full-page original lithographs in colors by Maurice Utrillo and ornaments by Lucie Valore. Limited edition to 207 copies numbered and signed by the publisher. One of the 122 copies on Johannot paper.