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DE MUSSET (Alfred).

DE MUSSET (Alfred).

Lorenzaccio. Drame en Cinq Actes. Hors-Text en Coleurs de Barte.

10 coloured plates. Printed in black and magenta.

Small 4to. [243 x 184 x 29 mm]. 177pp. Bound 1929-30 in grey goatskin, the covers with an onlaid border of burgundy goatskin flanked with blind fillets enclosing an all-over design of blind gouges with arabesque elements of burgundy, light and dark green goatskin onlays. The spine divided into six panels, lettered in gilt in the second, the edges of the boards tooled with a gilt double fillet, the turn-ins and matching inside joints with burgundy and citron goatskin onlays, orange silk doublures and endleaves, marbled flyleaves, edges untrimmed and gilded, original wrappers bound in at front and rear.
Paris: René Kieffer, 1926.

No. 226 of an edition of 550. It is an attractive production in a handsome and well executed binding. The front turn-in has the gilt signature of "Ruby L. Nimr", who one would assume to be the binder. However, I can find no record of a binder with this name. On the rear flyleaf there is a revealing pencil note: "Binding July, Oct, Nov 1929 (Noulhac). Gilding Jan 16th-Feb. 21st 1930 (approximately a month and five days). Design adaption from design of grand Doreur of Henri II...". Henri Noulhac (1866-1931) would certainly seem a likely choice as the binder, and by "gilding" one assumes "finishing" as there is a minimal amount of gold.

Noulhac set up his atelier at 10 rue de Buci in Paris in 1894. He was recognised as a "superlative craftsman", numbering Béraldi amongst his patrons and he executed bindings for Legrain. His daughter, who had studied art under Adolphe Giraldon, joined him in 1914 as a design collaborator. He was also an instructor, and taught Rose Adler and Madeleine Gras.

Stock no. ebc3847

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