A Very Unusual and Decorative 'Mosaic' Binding
TOUSSAINT, Franz. La Flute de Jade. Poésies Chinoises. Paris: L'Edition D'Art H. Piazza, .
New edition. Sixteenmo (5 15/16 x 4 1/8 inches; 150 x 104 mm.). [viii], 201, [1, colophon], [1, advertisement, verso blank] pp. Frontispiece printed in gold and colors. Original color pictorial wrappers bound in.
An unusual and fine example of a ca. 1925 'Mosaic' binding. Full olive green morocco, covers ruled with silver borders, front cover with a second silver border enclosing a rectangular (3 1/2 x 2 inches) Mosaic design of metal and cream enamel, mother-of-pearl and abalone, with morocco inlays of orange and green. Spine with five raised bands ruled and lettered in silver, top edge gilt, others uncut, gilt ruled board edges, silver ruled turn-ins, silver gray end-papers. The binder has signed the rear cover "CK". A fine example of a 'Mosaic' binding. Housed in the original? and worn felt-lined green cloth clamshell case.
We have been unable to identify the binder.
Franz Toussaint (1879-1955) spent his childhood in Albi and studied in high school of Toulouse where he studied under Jules Marsan. He stayed with his family in Lyon, then did his military service in Sudan. Around 1910, he moved to Paris where he began his literary career and became friends with Ambroise Vollard, Jean Jaures and Jean Giraudoux. Many of his works have been published or republished by Henri Piazza care and lavishly illustrated. Franz Toussaint is the author of silent film scripts, including one he filmed himself (with Marco Gastyne) Inch'Allah in 1922. His Oriental Poems have repeatedly been set to music. La Flute de Jade was first published in 1920. Item #03294
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