#2022. Mourlot, Fernand. Les Affiches Originales des Maitres de l'Ecole de Paris: Braque - Chagall - Dufy - Leger - Matisse - Miro - Picasso. [Paris]: Andre Sauret, 1959. First edition. 4to, Yellow cloth-covered boards with titles stamped in brilliant purple on the upper board and spine; gorgeous full-color dust jacket; publisher's clear acetate dust cover; pp. 15, 1-102 (single-sided plates), 239- (Catalogue Descriptif),  (Colophon).
Book is fine, jacket very nearly so (touch of rubbing at the edges), and likewise the acetate dust cover.
One of the most beautiful books on lithography ever printed, and a true labor of love. Fernand Mourlot, a third-generation Parisian printer, expanded into lithography in the 1920s, and worked directly with some of the top artists of the day, including those presented here. The text was set by hand at the Imprimerie Nationale, and the reproductions lovingly crafted at Mourlot Freres. Five lithographs inserted at the rear were created by the artists during the course of work on the book. The dust jacket cover was created by Matisse in honor of the hundred-year anniversary of the press. The works here include the seminal (such as Matisse's "Jazz" poster), but also include posters produced purely as advertising; without exception, however, they are stunning works of art. The bibliographic detail in the descriptive catalogue includes the number of originals produced, etc. Truly an exceptional book.
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