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André GIDE Voyage au Congo suivi de Retour du Tchad

André GIDE

Voyage au Congo suivi de Retour du Tchad

Nrf, Paris 1929, 25,5x33,5cm, relié.

Voyage au Congo suivi de Retour du Tchad
Nrf | Paris 1929 | 25,5 x 33,5 cm | full calf & custom slipcase

First collective edition of two journeys in Africa by André Gide published successively in 1927 and 1928. First and luxury edition illustrated with 64 original photographs by Marc Allégret printed in sepia and four cards. One of 28 numbered copies on imperial Japan paper, the tirage de tête.
Our copy includes the 1928 colophon specific to the copies of the very first print on Japan and which will be corrected in the copies on Arches (Bibliographie des écrits d'André Gide, Arnold Naville).
The high ink absorption quality of Japan paper and its affinity with colour make it the ideal medium for Marc Allégret's famous sepia heliographed photographs.
Binding lined with rods in white aniline calf, decoration painted in ink with shades of green, yellow and red, colours of the Republic of the Congo-Brazzaville flag, gilt titanium rods, decoration continuing edge-to-edge on the liners, loose
endpapers on Japanese paper dyed with Kakishibu by the binder. Title lengthwise on the spine. Rigid decorated chemise, titled on the spine, matching custom slipcase.
Binding signed by Julie Auzillon, gilt film title by Geneviève Quarré de Boiry and yellow gold gilt top edge by Jean-Luc Bongrain. (2022)
Very scarce tirage de tête on Japan paper of this masterpiece book of photographs and the first account of travel to these very remote territories of central Africa by an intellectual,
and outspoken critic of colonialism.
Unique copy set in a stunning art binding, in the colours of the Republic of Congo-Brazzaville.

25 000 €

Réf : 79718



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