Paris: E. PLON NOURRIT, n.d.(1920's).
Oblong quarto. Original light blue cloth over boards with gilt and colored illustrated covers, with "E. Plon Nourrit" on cover. Very scarce Presentation Copy, inscribed by de Monvel to Andree Clark who again presents the book to her sister, Huguette Clark. The second book, identical to this copy, has laid in a typed letter from a solictor to Hugette explaining the latter's search for books by de Monvel. 48 pages of superb sepia color illustrations, plus one page of ads. INSCRIBED by the artist on the half-title to "Mademoiselle Andree Clark" and signed "M Boutet de Monvel:" [translated] With great affection to Mademoiselle Andree Clar, M. Boutet de Monvel." With gift inscription in French from Andree to her sister Huguette on the front endpaper, [translated]: "To my little Huguette, for her celebration, with a thousand wishes of good health, wisdom and happiness, Andree." The cover of the book adds "et Rondes" to the title, the half-title page instead adds "et Danses" but the title page has neither. Provenance: Estate of Huguette Marcelle Clark (1906-2011), heiress and philanthropist, who became well known again late in life as a recluse, living in a hospital for more than 20 years while her mansions remained empty. She was an accomplished artist and musician, having studied under famous portrait painter Tadeusz Styka, and her paintings were exhibited at the Corcoran Gallery, Washington in 1925. Signed copy good condition, with 1"cut to cloth on front cover at right edge, binding loose, some pages worn at edges, corners bumped. The extra copy, "Librairie Plon," on cover, with the TLS is near fine. Together, a lovely set. De Monvel Presentation Copies are quite scarce.
Price: $1,500.00 Item #4341