Art Deco Bookbindings: The Work of Pierre Legrain and Rose Adler
Princeton Architectural Press, 2004 - Antiques & Collectibles - 119 pages
Before dust jackets wrapped every hardcover behind a shield of paper, a book's binding was its only advertisement, and the shelves of bibliophiles were lined with staid leather-bound tomes. Then came the Art Deco designs of Pierre Legrain and Rose Adler, who transformed bookbinding into a medium of playful and dazzling experimentation and craftsmanship. Their colorful, imaginative works, often made in exotic materials, are found only in a few prized collections and have rarely been available to the general public. now, this selection of more than sixty designs, colored-paper maquettes, and realized bindings are collected in one exquisite volume, with insightful texts introducing the work and discuss its revolutionary effect on modern design.
Among the brilliant array of bindings are ones made especially for works by Colette, Paul Verlaine, Andre Gide, Guillaume Apollinaire, Stephane Mallarme, Michel Leiris, and Jean Giraudoux.
Art Deco Bookbinding accompanies the exhibition of the same name at the New York Public Library's Humanities and Social Science Library beginning in February 2004.
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ADLER FOR JACQCES Andre Gide Apollinaire architect Art Deco Art Nouveau author's name Autograph presentation inscription back cover beige goatskin black calf black goatskin Blaise Cendrars Blumenthal bookbinding calf binding Claudel Copy number created DESIGNED RT PIERRE DESIGNED RT ROSE doublure and endleaves Editions endleaves of black EXECCTED RT EMMANCEL EXECCTED RT RENE French bookbinder French novelist French poet French writer front cover Georges Gide gilt letters gilt tooling goatskin binding gold paper Gourmont gray hard-grained leather inlay jade-green Japon imperial LEGRAIN FOR JACQCES litteraire Jacques Doucet Louis Aragon Mallarme manuscript Maurice Denis mosaic paper marbled Paris pattern Paul Claudel Paul Morand Paul Valery Pierre Reverdy red calf Reverdy Ribliotheque litteraire Jacques RT EMMANCEL LECARPENTIER RT PIERRE LEGRAIN RT RENE KIEFFER RT ROSE ADLER second endleaves SIGNED AND DESIGNED Spencer Collection Stephane Mallarme thick gilt fillet tooled in gilt turn-ins a border vellum watered silk wood veneer