Félicien Champsaur - Le Bandeau [Couverture en couleurs et 326 dessins par Raphaël Kirchner]
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Félicien Champsaur - Le Bandeau [Couverture en couleurs et 326 dessins par Raphaël Kirchner; 8 hors-texte, en couleurs par Chimot, Jean Dardier, Kirchner, Maurice de Lambert] - Paris - La Renaissance du Livre / Éd. Mignot, Éditeur - 1916 - 1st edition - , xvi, 358,  pp - Paper wrappers - 14 x 21 cm.
Condition: Good - restored. See more info below.
Frivolous novel by the French multi-writer Félicien Champsaur (1858–1934), according to the introduction, written and illustrated before the madness of the First World War came over Europe. Designed in Art Nouveau style with beautiful erotic drawings in the text (black and white) and 8 full page plates in COLOUR. With table of contents and notation for a 'Chanson Juanesque' to the tune of Massenet. Text in French.
¶ The cover reads "Pour lire dans les tranchées" [= To be read in the trenches]. Most of the illustrations were created by Austrian Jugendstil artist (and inspiration for pin-up artist Alberto Vargas) Raphael Kirchner (1876-1917), who was known for his early pin-ups postcards.
This copy has been restored preserving part of the cover by master bookbinder Hans Zegveld from Nijmegen. All colour plates are COMPLETE. We are probably missing a second (namely the outer) paper cover. What remains is still well worth seeing, even in a trench.