First Twenty-Four Issues of Comœdia Illustré

    [Léon Bakst]. Comœdia Illustré 1908-1910. Paris, 1908-1910.

    Two volumes. Bound issues of Comœdia Illustré; Revue Parisienne Theatrale, Artistique, Literaire, ranging from 1908 to 1910. An unbroken run from the first issue of December 15, 1908, to September 15, 1910. Missing are the covers to Volume I, Number 10; Volume II, Numbers 17 and 18 (all three featuring the art of Léon Bakst). Text in French.

    Contemporary green illustrated cloth over boards. White and gilt text and designs to spines and boards. Top edges gilt. Decorative endpapers. Some bumping to corners. Moderate shelf wear. Internally clean and sound. A very good set.

    "Many Parisian journals catered to [the] elite public, but the standout among them was Comœdia Illustré, a weekly [sic] supplement to the French daily newspaper Comœdia, which itself was devoted to coverage of the arts. Directed by Maurice de Brunhoff, scion of one of the most powerful publishing families in France, the glossy new magazine was a hybrid that combined the arts coverage typical of Comœdia with the conventions of contemporary fashion magazines; it offered up a mix of photographs, illustrations, reports on popular entertainers, and reviews of art exhibitions, plays, and musical performances" (Davis).

    Mary E. Davis, Classic Chic, 16.

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