[Item #57485] Scènes de La Vie de Bohème. Henri MURGER, Charles Léandre, ill.

Scènes de La Vie de Bohème

Paris: Librairie de La Collections Des Dix, 1902. Limited Edition. No. 208 of 300 copies printed. Octavo (27cm). Full brown contemporary morocco, tooled in gilt with orange leather onlays to corners and spine, board edges tooled, top edge gilt,; full blue morocco doublures with gold-tooled borders, turn-ins tooled in gilt, blue silk moiré free endpapers, marbled flyleaves; [vi],xii,414,[vi]pp; 19 in-text engravings and 15 full-page plates printed in three colors, including a suite of progressive proofs for one illustration. Straight and clean, but rubbed at corners, joints, and base of spine; internally clean and bright, with one or two spots of browning and occasional offsetting, with original front wrapper bound in, partly detached but holding: Very Good.

Bibliophilic edition of the novel that inspired La Bohème and Rent, in a bespoke binding by Parisian binder Lucien Durvand (1852-1924), with his stamp at the base of the front doublure. Illustrated with color engravings after watercolors by Charles Léandre (1862-1934), a painter known for his caricatures. Both Léandre and Durvand won medals at the 1900 Paris Exposition. This copy one of 200 printed on vélin d'Arches, with the final state of the plates, and with progressive proofs of one of the plates at the rear. The original paper wrappers and spine are bound in at the front and rear. A demonstration of the French book arts at the height of La Belle Époque.

Price: $950.00

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