Le blé en herbe

Author: Colette / Jean Berque
Year: 1946
Edition: First thus
Publisher: G. Girard / P. Durupt
Category: Arts &tc.

Gatherings loose in a wrapper as issued, kept in the publisher's slipcase, 4to., pp. 186, (2), colophon.
Uncut, illustrated with 23 colour plates, drawn in taille-douce by P. Durupt.

From a limited edition of 200 copies, of which this is nr. 136.

Added is an original watercolour, signed by Jean Berque (pict. # 24 here below). It is the plate printed on page 177 (pict. # 22 here below).

Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette is a French author of many books which were published under her family name only. She was born near Auxerre in 1873 and died in Paris in 1954. The first edition of 'Le blé en Herbe' was published in 1923.

Jean Berque was born in Reims in 1894 and died unexpectedly in Paris in 1954.
He was a French painter and book illustrator who worked together with several other artists, like e.g. François-Louis Schmied.

A fresh copy of a scarce work with the illustrations in crisp and vibrant colours.

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