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La Charrue d'Erable

(eragny Press). Pissarro, Camille. Moselly, Emile

Paris. Le Livre Contemporain / Eragny Press. 1912
One of the finest Eragny productions - Pissarro's second commission and, all in all, his finest book - a superb copy in the original limp apple calf and with the additional signed suite on Chine.

From the edition limited to 116 copies, this copy printed for M. L. Comar; the separate suite ofthe 43 plates and and head- and tail-pieces, loose in a paper wrapper, is on Chine and each is initialled and numbered by Lucien Pissarro in pencil.

The binding for the present copy is in an excellent state of preservation although the paper endpapers are toned as usual from contact with the light pink doublures.

'L'illustration hors texte de ce livre a été spécialement dessinée par Camille Pissarro pour être gravée par son fils Lucien Pissarro lequel, chargé d'orner le texte et désireux d'y maintenir l'unité de décoration, y a, dans ce but, adapté le plus souvent possible des croquis de son père. Toutes les gravures sur bois ont été exécutées par Lucien et Esther Pissarro ... '. (From the achevé d'imprimer).

'My father Camille Pissarro was always greatly interested in my books. He planned with me a book to deal with country work. For this purpose he designed 12 compositions to be engraved on wood in chiaroscuro. Unfortunately he died before all the blocks were engraved, but he had seen two of them and this gave me the clue to the rest ... '. (Lucien Pissarro).

'Lucien regretted that his father had not lived to see the completion of their project, but he felt that he had been able to complete it as Camille Pissarro would have wished ... '. (Fern pg. 68).

[Genz EP31; Tomkinson Eragny 31; Ashmolean 47; The Artist and the Book 247].
[74 leaves: 4 blank leaves, 66 leaves with text and illustration, 4 blank leaves; pp. 105, (iii)]. 8vo. (217 x 152 mm). Half-title with justification verso, printed title with pictorial colour woodcut decoration, 12 hors-texte original colour woodcut plates by Camille Pissarro each initialed 'CP' in the plates, 9 colour woodcut head- and tail-pieces and ten-line initials by Lucien Pissarro after Camille Pissarro, monochrome woodcut head-piece to 'Table des Matières', colophon leaf with woodcut Eragny Press device to verso; woodcut text ornaments throughout. Text and plates printed by Lucien and Esther Pissarro at the Eragny Press. Original publisher's limp apple calf, gilt title and gilt apple vignette to upper right of front cover, limp pinkish calf doublures with elaborate decorative scheme of gilt rules surrounding a field of matching gilt apple tools, suite loose in paper wrapper, later green paper-lined black morocco box by Alain Lobstein with his signature gilt, boards and spine with decorative foliate tools, title gilt to spine.

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