Enseignes de Paris, Les; Gravées à l’eau-forte par Jean-Jules Dufour. Commentées par Francois Boucher du Musée Carnavalet

In a Unique Binding
By Eleanore Van Sweringen

BOUCHER, François. Dufour, Jean-Jules. Les Enseignes de Paris. Gravées à l’eau-forte par Jean-Jules Dufour. Commentées par Francois Boucher du Musée Carnavalet. Paris: Chez le Goupy, 1924.

First edition [Series One], one of 575 copies sur papier Madagascar des Papeteries Lafuma of a total edition of 675, this being copy no. 168. Large octavo (10 1/4 x 7 3/4 in; 260 x 192 mm). xi, [1], 52, [2] pp. Frontispiece plus 10 etchings hors-texte of 16th to 18th century shop signs in Paris, each signed in the plate Jean-Jules Dufour. Text borders in red. Decorated initials in red and black.

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BOUCHER, François. Dufour, Jean-Jules. Les Enseignes de Paris. Gravées à l’eau-forte par Jean-Jules Dufour. Commentées par Francois Boucher du Musée Carnavalet. Paris: Chez le Goupy, 1925.

First edition [Series Two], one of 575 copies sur papier Madagascar des Papeteries Lafuma of a total edition of 675, this being copy no. 330. Large octavo 10 1/4 x 7 3/4 in; 260 x 192 mm). viii, 48, [2] pp. Frontispiece plus 10 etchings hors-texte of 16th to 18th century shop signs in Paris, each signed in the plate Jean-Jules Dufour. Text borders in red. Decorated initials in red and black.

Finely bound by Eleanore van Sweringen in 1929 (stamp-signed to rear turn in) in full antelope morocco. Ship’s image and decorative borders inlaid in coffee morocco to front cover. Decorative borders inlaid in coffee morocco to rear cover. Four raised bands and five compartments to spine. Brown stamped lettering to two compartments, inlaid coffee morocco borders to three compartments. Turn ins with inlaid borders of coffee morocco. All edges gilt. Custom end papers. A fine copy housed in the binder’s half matching morocco chemise with faux bands and compartments, gilt lettered spine, and lining in full calf.

Series One and Two of Boucher’s essays on the shop signs of Paris, featuring splendid etchings by Jean-Jules Dufour, here distinctively bound together in a most handsome and appealing American Arts & Crafts-inspired binding by early 20th century New York bookbinder, Eleanore van Sweringen, whose work is highly regarded by the fine binding cognoscenti but rarely seen.

Essayist François Boucher (1885-1966) was a French archivist and paleographer, conservator at the Musée Carnavalet, and an art director and historian.

Painter, engraver, and illustrator Jean-Jules Dufour flourished during the first half of the twentieth century, and is known primarily for his landscapes and scenes of country life.

Binder Eleanore van Sweringen “was a member of the New York Guild of Book Workers from 1908 through 1935. She also lived in Baltimore before moving to NYC. Van Sweringen listed F. Boone, Helen Haskell Noyes, and A. Dehartogh (of the Club Bindery) as teachers. In 1910 she traveled to Brussels to work with Louis Jacobs and in 1912 to London to work with Charles McLeish. Even later she listed Domont, Noulhac, and Maylander (all French) as teachers. I've found four people who studied with her: Christine Hamilton, Helen G. Hanford, Ella Fiske, & Polly White Hayward, but she had many other pupils. She retired from the Guild in 1935 and died in 1937” (note to cataloger from Barbara Kretzman, Guild of Book Workers). Item #00932

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