Paris, Librairie Centrale des Beaux-Arts, 1901. 8vo. [vi] + vi pp. + 72 leaves. With full-page frontispiece, decorated title page, 70 plates of Auriol's designs beautifully printed (rectos only) in red and olive green inks on laid paper.
Sewn as issued, pictorial wrappers, entirely uncut. 1-cm split to wrapper along spine fold at foot. In a later patterned slipcase. Very fine.
Provenance: Swedish art historian Hans Eklund (1921-2018).
George Auriol was a French poet, songwriter, graphic designer, type designer, and Art Nouveau artist. He worked in many media and created illustrations for the covers of magazines, books, and sheet music, as well as other types of work such as monograms and trademarks. After he arrived in Paris in 1883, Auriol was introduced to typography and book design by Eugène Grasset and became particularly interested in the revival of historical type styles. Appointed by Georges Peignot, he created his signature typeface Auriol inspired by the Art Nouveau movement for the G. Peignot & Fils foundry, which was used in the work of Francis Thibaudeau and other publishers of the period. Auriol was a member of French bohemian culture, a denizen of the Chat Noir ("Black Cat Café") and long a friend of Erik Satie.
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