SCHMIED, FRANÇOIS-LOUIS. 1873-1941; and JEAN SAUDE (POCHOIR). HOMER. L'Odyssee.  Paris: Bibliophiles de l'Automobile-Club de France, 1930-1933.

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Lot 332
SCHMIED, FRANÇOIS-LOUIS. 1873-1941; and JEAN SAUDE (POCHOIR).
HOMER.
L'Odyssee. Paris: Bibliophiles de l'Automobile-Club de France, 1930-1933.

Sold for US$ 14,025 inc. premium
SCHMIED, FRANÇOIS-LOUIS. 1873-1941; and JEAN SAUDE (POCHOIR).
HOMER. L'Odyssee. Paris: Bibliophiles de l'Automobile-Club de France, 1930-1933. 4 volumes. 4to (288 x 240 mm). 98 wood engraved illustrations (including the double-page map), and additional decoration and initials, by Schmied, engraved by Theo Schmied, and colored in pochoir, enriched in silver and gilt, by Jean Saude, all on vellum leaves, WITH an additional suite of illustrations in black on parchment, contained in separate paper folders. Publisher's vellum, titled in gilt, original vellum chemises, custom vellum backed folding boxes.
Provenance: purchased from Ursus Books, New York City.

DELUXE EDITION OF SCHMIED'S MASTERPIECE, PRINTED ON VELLUM, NUMBER "XX" OF 140 COPIES SIGNED BY SCHMIED AT THE COLOPHON, with an additional suite of the illustrations printed in black. Begun in 1929, and not finally completed until 1933, Schmied's L'Odyssee is a monument of Art Deco book production. Printed by Darantiere on vellum, with Schmied's fine illustrations colored in pochoir by Saude with additional illumination in silver and gilt, the work required 4 years and reportedly 3000 goat skins to produce the vellum leaves, wrappers, chemise and slipcases. The undertaking was so weighty and expensive, in fact, that reportedly as few 73 copies were ever completed. One of the most luxurious productions of a luxurious era of book production. Carteret IV, 206.

Saleroom notices

  • Schmied's L'Odyssee was not issued signed; this copy is unsigned as well.
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SCHMIED, FRANÇOIS-LOUIS. 1873-1941; and JEAN SAUDE (POCHOIR). HOMER. L'Odyssee.  Paris: Bibliophiles de l'Automobile-Club de France, 1930-1933.
SCHMIED, FRANÇOIS-LOUIS. 1873-1941; and JEAN SAUDE (POCHOIR). HOMER. L'Odyssee.  Paris: Bibliophiles de l'Automobile-Club de France, 1930-1933.
SCHMIED, FRANÇOIS-LOUIS. 1873-1941; and JEAN SAUDE (POCHOIR). HOMER. L'Odyssee.  Paris: Bibliophiles de l'Automobile-Club de France, 1930-1933.
SCHMIED, FRANÇOIS-LOUIS. 1873-1941; and JEAN SAUDE (POCHOIR). HOMER. L'Odyssee.  Paris: Bibliophiles de l'Automobile-Club de France, 1930-1933.
SCHMIED, FRANÇOIS-LOUIS. 1873-1941; and JEAN SAUDE (POCHOIR). HOMER. L'Odyssee.  Paris: Bibliophiles de l'Automobile-Club de France, 1930-1933.
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