Verve, the French Review of Art No. 7, vol. 2
Price: 150.00 USD
Paris: April-July 1940. Large quarto. Design binding. This issue contains Les Tres Riches Heures du Duc de Berry; Calendar, by Pol de Limbourg and Jean Colombe. Text by Henri Malo. Translated by Robert Sage. Binding by Leonard Mounteney, who began his binding career with Riviere and Sons in London, worked for R.R. Donnelly in Chicago, and went on to found the Cuneo Fine Binding Studio in Milwaukee. Rebound 3/4 white crushed levant morocco, with square corners, each containing three gilt fleur de lis. Fleur de lis also present in a gilt scroll pattern on both covers near spine, contained within gilt rules. Blue watered silk sides with matching doublures and endsheets. The spine is extravagantly decorated with a circular gilt design inlaid with red and yellow leather. All edges gilt. The boards exhibit a fair amount of wear, especially at extremities, and the silk sides and endsheets have suffered offsetting. There is an approximately 1" piece missing at head of spine, and some splitting at head and foot of spine. The rear board is discolored in a number of places on the leather, and the silk is quite damaged. The bottom edge is badly shelfworn. Good condition only. Despite the flaws, this is an ttractive binding. A striking and modern binding by Leonard Mounteney. The gilt and inlaid spine is especially noteworthy. Good.