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    Maurice Boutet de Monvel. Jeanne d'Arc. Paris: E. Ploun Nourrit et Cie, [1896].

    First edition, deluxe issue, No. XVII of thirty copies on "papier pelure du Japon". Oblong folio (19.5 x 14.125 inches; 495 x 358 mm.). [1, edition statement], 48 leaves. With letterpress text and forty-eight chromolithographs, all but four of which are full-page illustrations.

    Half navy morocco over marbled boards by Canape (stamp signed on upper corner of first flyleaf verso), spine lettered and tooled in gilt in compartments, five raised bands, marbled endpapers, top edge gilt. Each page matted in card stock with an opening of 10.5 x 8 inches (267 x 203 mm.). Scattered light foxing to mattes (wholly unaffecting images), lower outer corner of blank front flyleaf torn, and middle lower edge of front board bumped, else an excellent copy.

    A landmark of children's literature and a masterpiece of illustration in its most limited form. Originally issued in loose parts, shortly after its publication the owner of this scarce deluxe copy of Boutet de Monvel's "Joan of Arc" had the Canape Bindery matte the "peeled Japan paper" leaves in card stock, and gather them together in a beautiful early twentieth century binding. The stunning illustrations -- intricately detailed with historically accurate renditions of the costume and architecture of fifteenth century France, all expressed in vibrant colors -- have led some to compare this remarkable achievement to late Medieval illuminated manuscripts.
    Ray, French, 365.

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