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André GIDE Le voyage d'Urien

André GIDE

Maurice DENIS

Le voyage d'Urien

Librairie de l'Art Indépendant, Paris 1893, 20x20cm, relié.

DENIS Maurice & GIDE André
Le Voyage d'Urien [Urien's Voyage] Librairie de l'Art Indépendant, Paris 1893, 200 x 200 mm (7 7/8 x 7 7/8 ”), full morocco, custom slipcase
First edition, finished by the printers on 25 May 1893, printed by Paul Schmidt, typographer, and Edw. Ancourt lithographer in 300 numbered copies on vergé crème paper plus a few copies on China and Japon paper.
Brown morocco by Gruel, spine in six compartments, date at foot, pastedowns lined with red morocco with gilt fillet frame, brown silk endpapers, double fillet to edges of covers, gilt roulettes to head- and tail-pieces, covers and spine preserved, all edges gilt, brown morocco-edged slipcase.
Occasional light spotting.
This work was conceived and executed in collaboration with Maurice Denis, who illustrated it with 31 original lithographs printed in two tones, the background being now ochre, now light green. That member of the Nabi group managed to free himself of all descriptive servitude in order better to join the text as co-creator.
Handsome autograph inscription signed by André Gide to Edouard Picard in ink to half-title.
Le Voyage d'Urien is one of the great illustrated books in the tradition of painter's books begun by Édouard Manet, Charles Cros and Stéphane Mallarmé in 1874-1875. The collaboration between the painter and the author proved very close. “This book is the most heightened mark of Symbolism, the ratification by the Nabis of the principle of dialogue inherent to the book” (Yves Peyré). This journey du rien is an ironic Odyssey written “as a reaction to the naturalist school,” where a few young people in search of “glorious destinies” set off on allegorical wanderings, culminating in the frozen wastes of sterility.
A fine copy handsomely bound by Gruel.
Naville, Bibliographie des écrits d'André Gide, nº VI.- Chapon, Le Peintre et le livre, 1870-1970, pp. 38-41.- Peyré, Peinture et poésie, le dialogue par le livre, 1874-2000, n° 4 et pp. 105-106.- The Artist and the Book, 1860-1960, Boston, n° 76.

15 000 €

Réf : 62207



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