BAUWENS, Maurice - HAYASHI, Tadamasa (1853-1906) - LA FORGUE, Jules - MEIER-GRAEFE, Juilius (1867-1935) - PENNELL, Joseph (1857-1926). Les Affiches Etrangeres illustrees
BAUWENS, Maurice - HAYASHI, Tadamasa (1853-1906) - LA FORGUE, Jules - MEIER-GRAEFE, Juilius (1867-1935) - PENNELL, Joseph (1857-1926). Les Affiches Etrangeres illustrees. Paris: G. Boudet and C. Tallandier, 1897.
4to., (12 4/8 x 9 inches). Half title with limitation on verso, title-page printed in red and black, text printed entirely on papier de chine. 2 exceptionally fine double-page and 65 fine full-page colour lithographed plates in two states, illustrated throughout in black and white, including 2 double-page plates, and many full-page (some light spotting throughout). Original pictorial Japon paper wrappers covered in glassine, uncut and partially unopened.
Provenance: from the library of Jacques Levy, his sale, Sotheby's, 20th April 2012, lot 17 Limited issue, number 40 of 25 on papier de Chine of a total edition of 1050.
A wonderful resume of the best poster art of the 1890s from Germany, Britain, Austria, Belgium, America, Japon, including the work of the greatest exponents of the art, such as Aubrey Beardsley, Frank Brangwyn, Walter Crane, Henri Toulouse-Lautrec, James Whistler, Rennie Mackintosh, William Nicholson, Walter Sickert, Maxfield Parrish etc.
These artists were the pioneers of the modern advertising imagery. They produced innovative, monumental mass-market lithographic posters advertising everything from novels, magazines, books, to dramatic, artistic and musical productions, insurance, restaurants, bars, food and drink, included in here is a wonderful advertisement for that quintessential fin-de-siecle tipple Absinthe Robette by Henri Privat-Livemont.