ROUAULT, GEORGES Cirque de l'etoile filante. Eaux-fortes originales et dessins gravés sur bois de Georges Rouault.
Paris: Ambroise Vollard, 1938. Example 125 of 250 copies total. Publisher's printed wrappers. 17 1/2 x 13 1/4 inches (43 x 34 cm); iv, 168,  pp.; wood-engravings after Rouault interspersed throughout the text; 17 color aquatint plates hors texte with etching and drypoint, signed in the plate as issued (the complete suite, of seventeen), these housed in the rear pocket of the wrappers. Wrappers in remains of glassine, several defects to the spine including a transverse tear, edges of wrappers frayed and with some soiling. Internally, minor toning to the extreme edges of some of the text pages, but generally a clean copy, the 17 aquatint plates with the colors strong and fresh, some edge-toning to a few of the sheets but without foxing or soiling, protected by the publisher's tissues.
Rouault's Cirque de l'etoile filante, "The Shooting-Star Circus", is a triumph of the printmaker's art. The seventeen aquatints, which incorporate drypoint and aquatint for added effect, are technically complex. The wood-engravings were designed by Rouault and were engraved by G. Aubert. The typography by Roger Lacourière is a perfect complement to the text, making this one of the finest of the artist books of the 1930s, and indeed one of the greatest of all time. Artist & the Book 271.
C The Estate of Sara Roosevelt Wilford
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