ICART (LOUIS) LA FONTAINE (JEAN DE) Les Amours de Psyché et de Cupidon. Pointes sèches de Louis Icart, NUMBER 3 OF 20 COPIES, WITH THREE ORIGINAL SIGNED DRAWINGS BY ICART, ARTIST'S PRESENTATION COPY, BINDING BY GEORGES CRETTÉ, 1949
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ICART (LOUIS)
LA FONTAINE (JEAN DE) Les Amours de Psyché et de Cupidon. Pointes sèches de Louis Icart, NUMBER 3 OF 20 COPIES, WITH THREE ORIGINAL SIGNED DRAWINGS BY ICART, ARTIST'S PRESENTATION COPY, [Paris], Éditions de la Cité, 1949
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ICART (LOUIS)
LA FONTAINE (JEAN DE) Les Amours de Psyché et de Cupidon. Pointes sèches de Louis Icart, NUMBER 3 OF 20 COPIES, WITH THREE ORIGINAL SIGNED DRAWINGS BY ICART, ARTIST'S PRESENTATION COPY, inscribed "À Madame et à Monsieur Léon Michel avec les compliments et les hommages de Louis Icart" on illustrated half-title, the 24 etchings in three states (coloured, uncoloured with 'remarques', and sepia without 'remarques'), and an additional signed etching at end, bookplate of Léon Michel, STRAWBERRY MOROCCO GILT BY GEORGES CRETTÉ (signed on front turn-in), sides with wide gilt floral borders incorporating white morocco inlays, gilt lettered spine, morocco turn ins, soft silk doublures and free endpapers, original wrappers bound in, g.e., burgundy morocco-backed and edged chemise, matching slipcase with morocco edges, large 4to, [Paris], Éditions de la Cité, 1949

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  • FINELY BOUND BY GEORGES CRETTÉ, AND WITH THREE ORIGINAL ICART DRAWINGS. This was to be the last book illustrated by Icart, who supplied 22 full-page coloured etchings and two etched illustrations as chapter headings. The overall edition was limited to 165 copies, and the first 20 contained an original drawing with its original copper plate, the uncoloured extra suites of etchings, and the additional etching. The present copy was bound without the copper plate, but has three original drawings rather than one, and the additional etching is present in two further states, one coloured (signed and numbered 47/70), the other uncoloured (signed and inscribed "1er etat"). This copy was presented to Léon Michel, noted chef, book collector and publisher.

    Georges Cretté (1893–1969) was one of the great French twentieth century binders. He worked until 1925 as lead finisher for Henri Marius Michel, widely considered the founder of modern French bookbinding, often signing his bindings "G. Cretté successeur de Marius Michel". Cretté's bindings were influenced over the years by Art Nouveau and Art Deco aesthetics, and his faultless use of gold fillets earned him the nickname "maître des filets".
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