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A fine art deco binding of Cocteau's Thomas L'Imposteur by the French bookbinder Geneviève de Léotard.
"The excitement of de Léotard's avant-garde covers lay in their fierce linearity and choice of modern materials.… Her graphic style was particularly inspiring and varied, incorporating crisp combinations of diverging or overlapping lines interspersed with grids of pointillé gold or aluminum dots" (Art Nouveau and Art Deco Bookbindings).
De Léotard studied at the Ecole de l'Union Centrale des Arts Décoratifs and was active professionally from her debut at the 1925 Exposition des Arts Décoratifs to 1939 (see Devauchelle III, pp. 168 and 268).
Spine sunned and rubbed.