Sussex Saleroom: 5th December 2019
LEGRAIN, Pierre (1888-1929, binder & designer) - Sidonie-Gabrielle COLETTE (1873-1954). La Naissance du Jour. Roman. Paris: Ernest Flammarion, 1928. 8vo (188 x 122mm). Half title. EXCEPTIONALLY FINELY BOUND BY PIERRE LEGRAIN in full crushed morocco, the covers with a dramatic geometric "zig-zag" design in gilt rules dissecting black morocco onlays, repeated letter "C" stamped in blind on the undecorated part of the covers and on dentelles, the pattern repeated on the spine, dark green suede endpapers, additional pale green marbled endpapers, original wrappers printed in red and black bound in, uncut, slipcase. Provenance: bookplates of Sadruddin Aga Khan and Catherine Aga Khan loosely-inserted. FIRST EDITION. LIMITED EDITION OF 800 COPIES, THIS NUMBER 200 OF 200 COPIES "SUR PAPIER DE HOLLANDE." "... the city where bookbinding was brought into tune with the creative spirit of the twentieth century was, expectedly, Paris. Here ... [books] were bound by craftsmen who broke completely with the past in design, and sometimes even materials. This school was founded, shortly after the First World War, by Pierre Legrain ..." (Alan G. Thomas, Great Books and Book Collectors (1975), p.85); "[Pierre Legrain] ... perhaps the most influential of all modern French binding designers ...." (Mirjam M. Foot in The Book Collector, Vol. 68, No. 3 (p.521)).