Paris: E. F. D'Allignan, 1919. Illustrated Wrappers. One of 300 numbered copies on Rives à la forme, from a limited edition of 347, of Belot's fourth book. Text in French. 8vo (285 X 210mm): pp on double-fold sheets, divided into seven sections and profusely illustrated with woodcuts in black and illuminated drop caps in bistre. Original wrappers, upper cover repeating the title woodcut with pochoir coloring. An exemplary copy, clean and bright throughout. Fine. Item #BB2405
Belot was age 28 when he exhibited for the first time at Paris's Salon des Indépendants in 1910, the year of the "ignorant geometers, reducing the human body . . . to pallid cubes" (from Louis Vauxcelles's review). Also hanging in the hall were works by Matisse, Vlaminck, Dufy, and Henri Rousseau, who exhibited his magnificent "The Dream." Gleizes showed Portrait de René Arcos and L'Arbre, paintings that emphasized simplified geometric forms, and Metzinger hung the Portrait of Apollinaire, which, according to Apollinaire, was the "first Cubist portrait." In his Dictionnaire biographique des artistes contemporains (pp. 102-04), Édouard-Joseph calls Belot "undoubtedly the most admirable technician of wood engraving that exists today, . . . in all respects comparable to the master craftsmen of the Middle Ages." N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, carefully preserved in archival, removable mylar sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).