Alongside Buffon’s Histoire naturelle des oiseaux on large paper in the colouring from the period, and a group of illustrated Fêtes books in red morocco leather, the catalogue also brings together a beautiful series of first editions, for the most part with period bindings or on large paper, and which include Hugo’s Actes et Paroles with handwritten drafts, Barbey d’Aurevilly’s copy of Lettres de mon moulin, Le grand Meaulnes with an inscription, Antinoüs by Pessoa, and Doktor Zhivago by Pasternak.
Artists also hold pride of place with a very rare unpublished letter by Goya, illustrated letters by Dali, collages by Prévert and drawings by Cocteau, including a poignant self-portrait painted after he had been physically assaulted by a group of fascists, as well as one of his erotic drawings in a copy of Genet’s Querelle de Brest owned by Jacques Guérin. The illustrated books also include copies by Braque, Dali (inscribed to Picasso), Delaunay, Gris, Ernst, Matisse, Tzara, Wols and Picasso, the latter being represented by very beautiful copies of Chevaux de minuit on China paper and Chef-d’oeuvre inconnu on Japan paper, bound by Bonet. Some of these books are decorated with vivid covers by Rose Adler, Bonet, Legrain, Leroux, and Meunier. A few Dadaist publications complete the group, with notably several issues of 391, Tzara’s Dadaist revue.