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La Maigre. Mise en Lumière et en Pages par Iliazd

Picasso. Vaux, Guillaume. (Pseud. Adrian de Monluc)

Paris. Le Degré Quarante et Un. 1952
'La Maigre': a milestone in Iliazd's oeuvre, his first issue of a work by de Monluc and an important collaboration with Picasso.

From the edition limited to 74 copies signed by Iliazd and Picasso, with this one of 52 copies on Chine.

Also included loosely inserted are the original publisher's announcement for the publication and the invitation to the vernissage for the launch of the book, both with typical typography by Iliazd.

As noted by Cramer below, Iliazd stumbled upon the text for this collaboration - it features in 'Les Jeux d'un Inconnu' issued anonymously by Adrien de Monluc (or Montluc), Comte de Cramail - in the bin of a bouquiniste in the Passage Jouffroy in Paris. de Monluc became a rich seam for Iliazd to mine in his publications, issuing another text by de Monluc ('Le Courtisan Grotesque', 1974) or his secretary Jehan-François de Boissière ('Traité de Balet', 1953).

'A discovery at a second-hand bookseller's led to the publication of this remarkable book. While browsing through some books one day, Iliazd found a text by a certain Guillaume de Vaux, whom he was to identify as Adrian de Monluc, Comte de Cramail ... Iliazd brought the artist (Picasso) his copy of De Monluc's book. On reading it, Picasso suddenly became inspired and, on April 13, 1951, the 10 drypoints for La Maigre were completed at Vallauris. A year later the book was published, Iliazd himself having designed the layout.' (Cramer).

'This book inaugurates the mature style of Iliazd's major publications with its larger format, spacious layout, and elegantly matched design of typography and image. The weight of the typography is precisely calculated.' (Johanna Drucker, Iliazd and the Art of the Book).

[Cramer 63; Chapon 294].
[12 bifolia]. Tall 4to. (430 x 260 mm). Illustrated with nine double-page original drypoint engravings by Picasso (the cover features a tenth). Loose as issued in original publisher's parchment wrappers with Picasso's drypoint to front cover, hand-made paper dust-jacket with printed title and parchment portfolio.