Masterpiece of Children's Book Illustration

    M. Boutet de Monvel. Jeanne d'Arc. Paris: Pilon, Nourrit, 1896.

    First edition. Deluxe limited edition. No limit of print run listed on limitation page: "Exemplaire papier du Japon, No. 37. Imprint pour Madame Walter Mac Ewen." Oblong folio. Forty-nine plates mounted on wove paper presented as loose portfolio prints.

    Original decorative paper over boards. Decorated silk endpapers. Heavily toned boards show some staining. Loss to backstrip and cloth ties. Internally sound. Plates immaculate. Overall, a very good copy.

    This is generally considered to be Maurice Boutet de Monvel's masterpiece. As one of the most-celebrated children's book illustrators of the nineteenth century, Boutet de Monvel found himself in great demand to work in collaboration with many successful authors; however, with this history of Joan of Arc for children, Boutet de Monvel provided the text as well as the striking and epic art work. These color lithographs were pulled from stones prepared with both text and images. A beautiful and complete set of this important work.

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