A. Michel: Paris (1932). 314pp. Benoit's eerie novel about a famous taxidermist who becomes obsessed with protecting birds on his "ile verte". Philippe Jullian's copy which is extra-illustrated with twelve original watercolor drawings illustrating the text. One of 140 large paper copies on Hollande (#50), Jullian has inscribed his name and date (avril 1943) on the colophon page and notes his contribution ("12 aquarelles de Ph. S. Jullian" ). Twenty-four at the time, this is likely among the first collections of his original works- he went on to illustrate numerous books throughout his life. Very good in original wrappers, edges a bit browned.
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[c. 1907]. Daudet, son of the famous writer, was a student of Whistler's and a close friend of Marcel Proust, Jean Cocteau and many in the homosexual world in early twentieth century Paris. Perennially overshadowed by his successful father, he never achieved much success in art and literary circles. This is a photographic reproduction (Druet process) of his portrait of Cocteau, signed by Daudet, and surrounded by this dedication in Cocteau's hand: "May this image born of you be unceasingly, my dear Lucien, the echo of a tenderness, made of impulse, recognition, esteem, admiration, and of all that one usually distributes to several people. Jean ". The photograph is mounted to a board and Cocteau's inked inscription appears around the edge of the image. The original work is on display at the Maison de Jean Cocteau in Milly-la-Foret. (9.45" x 11.81").
An important collection of art notebooks and related ephemera created by the British artist Gerald Leet (1913-1998). Leet was an accomplished artist and teacher who became a War Artist and later "Artist to the Queen Mother." The collection includes scores of small watercolours mainly from the 1920's of people and scenes and both the image and the captions often providing a humorous insight. These early works cover the period when he was a student at Goldsmiths and later at the Royal College of Art. During WWII Leet spent much of his time in South Africa and Egypt and there are a number of very well crafted "architectural" style drawings and watercolours from this period. Later he came to the attention of Lord Wavell, Viceroy of India and it was Wavell who arranged his appointment as official war artist in New Delhi. It seems his strength as a "head and shoulder" craftsman was particularly important and most of the images from this period (all in a separate "notebook" ) are pen drawings of head and shoulder of Indian and other troops etc. . Denton Welch portrayed Leet (as Marcus Lynch) in his most famous novel "A Voice Through a Cloud". His work for the Queen later Queen Mother (sketches of her Staff) earned him temporary accommodation at Windsor Castle. Over 375 individual paintings or sketches, in 5 sketch books, generally very good.