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Pleins et Déliés. Souvenirs et Témoignages 1926 - 1972

Hugnet, Georges

(La Chapelle-sur-Loire). Guy Authier Editeur. 1972
Copy number I of X, possibly that of Georges Hugnet himself, reserved for the author and his friends, with unique proofs of the frontispiece, the original copperplate and bound by Georges Leroux.

From the édition de tête limited to 70 copies on vélin d'Arches, with this copy number I of X numbered in Roman numerals 'reservés à l'auteur et ses amis' with Hugnet's original colour etching as frontispiece together with additional material (see below); an unlimited ordinary edition of the book was also issued.

The colour etching for the frontispiece is present in three states: in yellow as issued, in green and inscribed 'unique essait en vert / G. H.' and in pink inscribed 'unique essai en rose / G. H.'; the etching was printed at Atelier 17 and the original copperplate is included, mounted to the bound-in rear wrapper. The copy also includes the dust-jacket used for the ordinary edition of the book with white text against a black background as well as a proof of the reproduction of Hugnet's original collage for the jacket on white glossy paper without text.

'PLEINS ET DÉLIÉS est composé de mes écrits publiés hors de mes livres, dans des revues, des magazines et des journaux. Certains sont inédits. S'y trouvent mêlés des textes critiques et des pages de mémoire, les uns et les autres constituant des témoignages du temps.' (Hugnet's explanatory text).
pp. 426, (i), (i).. Large 8vo. (250 x 172 mm). Half-title with 'Du Même Auteur' verso, Hugnet's original colour etching as frontispiece in three states, title with copyright verso, leaf with explanatory text and quotation and Hugnet's texts illustrated with eight leaves of glossy paper with monochrome reproduction photographs recto and verso, leaf with 'Table des Matières', four leaves with index, leaf with achevé d'imprimer and final leaf with justification; bound-in at the conclusion of the book is a proof of the reproduction of Hugnet's collage for the dust-jacket together with the original copperplate for Hugnet's original frontispiece etching. Full chocolate lizardskin by Georges Leroux with his signature gilt and dated 1983, front and rear boards with ten onlaid oval sections of two-tone colour calf with central oval excisions to form a decorative geometric motif, title gilt to spine within a further onlaid oval of two-tone colour calf, chocolate endpapers, original publisher's thick card wrappers with printed titles in black and backstrip preserved, original glossy pictorial dust-jacket with flaps preserved, suede-lined lizard skin-backed paper board chemise with gilt titles to spine and matching slipcase.

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