October 29, 2008

Ulysses illustrated by Gaston de Latenay

Painter, engraver and watercolorist, Gaston de Latenay (1859 - 1943), born in Toulouse, studied briefly at the Academie Julian, in Paris. Mostly self-taught, he stood apart from artistic movements and schools to develop his own poetic vision of nature. He combined japanese influences with a lyricism closed from the Nabis. Nausikaa - book sixth of the Odyssey and longest stop of Ulysses - makes the transition from Symbolism to Art Nouveau, and is notable both for the organization of compositions inspired by the influence of the Pre-Raphaelites and the subtle colors used for litographs.
(source: www.artoftheprint.com)

Currently, La Library Loliée offers :
  • Latenay (Gaston de) - [Homer]. Nausikaa. Translated by Leconte de Lisle. Decorative compositions by Gaston de Latenay. Paris, Piazza, 1889, in-4, illustrated cover, case. Each page is illustrated with color compositions by Latenay. Limited to 400 copies. One of 25 copies on Arches paper enriched with a suite in black on China paper.

October 22, 2008

Fortune's surprises

"During the "initiation" of a series of lithographs in color, my friend Pierre Chave, experienced lithographer, discovered by chance, the brightness due to the fortuitous compositions.

The process is simple: instead of throwing in the garbage the tests obtained by the successive and random overlays , make the effort - or take delight in - and look closely (or afar). Let freely go the games of your imagination. Rejoice with the suddenness of your mental and sensual associations, of harmonies and dissonances of color that fortune chooses and lays by for you.

Show results to your friends - and even your enemies. Observe their reactions. Continue tomorrow. You will not be disappointed. "

Max Ernst - preface to the catalog of the gallery Alphonse Chave

Currently, the Librairie Loliée offers :
  • [Ernst (Max)]. Livres et publications surréalistes. Paris, José Corti, 1932, plaquette in-12. Firts edition of this catalogue of José Corti Bookshop. On the cover, an original drawing by Max Ernst.
  • Ernst (Max) - Carrington (Leonora). La Dame ovale. Avec 7 collages par Marx Ernst. Paris, G.L.M., 1939, in-12. First Edition with 7 full-page illustrations by Max Ernst. Copy on vellum paper.
  • Ernst (Max) - Peret (Benjamin). La Brebis galante. Paris, Editions Premières, 1949, in-4, illustrated cover. First edition with 3 original engravings in color by Max Ernst. Limited edition to 321 copies, this one on Arches vellum paper.
  • Ernst (Max) – Breton (André) - Peret (Benjamin). Almanach Surréaliste du Demi-Siècle. La Nef, numéro spécial, 63/64, Paris Sagittaire, Mars-Avril, 1950, in-8, illustrated cover. One of the 65 copies on Lafuma vellum paper, with 2 original lithographs in color, full-page, signed by Max Ernst and by André Breton.
  • [Ernst (Benjamin)] – Peret (Benjamin). Mort aux vaches et au champ d’honneur. S.l. (Paris), Arcanes, 1954, grand in-4. First edition. One of the 54 first copies on Arches vellum paper, with as a frontispiece, an original engraving in color signed by Max Ernst. Copie of the author.
  • Ernst (Max). Ecritures. Avec cent vingt illustrations extraites de l’œuvre de l’auteur. Paris, N.R.F Point du Jour, 1970, fort in-8, illustrated cover. First collective edition.
  • Ernst (Max). Catalogue de la Galerie Alphonse Chave. Vence, du 13 février au 12 mars 1971, petit in-4, en feuilles, illustrated cover. Preface by Max Ernst. Original lithograph in color on the cover and 12 illustrations in color. Limited edition to 1000 copies. One of the first 90 copies with an orignal and signed lithograph, in color, on Japan paper, by Max Ernst. Enhanced with an autograph of the artist.
  • Ernst (Max). Lieux communs. Décervelages. S.l. [Milan], A. Iolas, 1971, brochure in-8. This booklet was print for the Max Ernst's exhibition « Lieux communs » at the gallery Alexandre Iolas in Paris. Limited edition to 1000 copies.

October 15, 2008

Degas illustrator

Towards 1878-1879, Edgar Degas initiates a series of pastels to illustrate La Maison Tellier, a short story by his contemporary Guy de Maupassant. The painter was seduced by this realistic tale, in which the author refers to the theme of prostitution. The two men met in the literary salons of the capital, including the one of Ludovic Halévy. Degas also began to sketch the characters of the Cardinal family, symbol of the petty and pedantic bourgeoisie of Paris, created by Halévy in two short stories, Monsieur et Madame Cardinal and their wishful dancers daughters Les Petites Cardinal. But Halévy, future member of the French Academy, did not like the realistic style of the painter who put back his monotypes in a drawings cardboard. It was not until 1928 that the illustrations reappeared during an art auction. In 1939, the bookseller Auguste Blaizot finally published the collection in collaboration with Maurice Potin. It is this same engraver that was chosen by the Vollard Editions to work in 1934 on the publication of La Maison Tellier. This late publication was due to Ambroise Vollard who wanted first to issue the pastels without the text. (source : wikipedia.fr)

Currently, the librairie Loliée offers :
  • Degas (Edgar) - Maupassant (Guy de). La Maison Tellier. Paris, A. Vollard, 1934, in-8, full Levant binding by Lucie Weill. 19 full-page copper platings and 17 wood engravings based on the original compositions in black and in colors by Edgar Degas. Limited edition to 325 copies.
  • Degas (Edgar) - Maupassant (Guy de). La Maison Tellier. Paris, A. Vollard, 1934, in-8. 19 full-page copper platings and 17 wood engravings based on the original compositions in black and in colors eby Edgar Degas. Limited edition to 325 copies.
  • Degas (Edgar) - Halévy (Ludovic). La Famille Cardinal. Paris, Blaizot, 1939, in-4, full Levant binding by Maylander. 32 full-page monotypes (7 in couleurs). Limited edition to 325 copies.

October 09, 2008

Le Clézio : A Nobel recognition

J.MG. Le Clézio is only 23 years old when he is revealed and rewarded for Le Procès-verbal (The Deposition), his first book, which won the Renaudot Prize in 1963. Since, the author has published about fifty titles - novels, stories, essays. A classic style, quietly innovative, an humanistic dimension of the subjects the author chooses seduce his contemporaries. The jury of the Nobel Foundation plebiscites with the Prize in Literature this "writer of rupture, of poetic adventure and sensual ecstasy. "

Currently, the librairie Loliée offers in first editions :
  • Le Procès-verbal. Paris, Gallimard, 1963, in-12. Edition reserved to the press. These copy enhanced by a dedication of the author.
  • Le Déluge. Roman. Paris, Gallimard, 1966, in-8. One of the 85 copies on Lafuma-Navarre vellum paper.
  • Trois Villes Saintes. Paris, N.R.F., 1980, in-8, 1980. One of the 25 first copies on Dutch paper.
  • Printemps et autres saisons. Nouvelles. Paris, Gallimard, collection « Le Chemin », 1989, in-8, bounded (D.H. Mercher). One of the 45 first copies on Dutch paper . These copy enhanced by a dedication of the author.
  • Pawana. Paris, N.R.F., 1992, in-8. One of the 60 first copies on Dutch paper.
  • Cœur Brûle et autres romances. Paris, Gallimard, 2000, in-8. Limited to 90 copies on Lana vellum paper.
  • L’Africain. Roman. Paris, Mercure de France, 2004, in-12. Limited to 110 copies on vellum paper.
  • Ourania. Paris, N.R.F., 2006, in-8. Limited to 130 copies on vellum paper.
  • Ballaciner. Paris, N.R.F., 2007, in-8. Limited to 60 copies on vellum paper.

October 03, 2008

Autumnal list

The Librairie Loliée presents a varia list of 19th and 20th centuries first editions and illustrated books.

Do not hesitate to contact us if you wish to reserve a number.