Paris: Louis Carré, 1945. First Edition. Small 4to, 50,  pages, in original lithographic dust jacket over blank stiff wrappers. Text block detached from wrappers. Jacket has tears along the spine and one-inch chips at top of both the upper and lower panels near the spine. Lacking the original glassine protective covers (which, in any case, tend to yellow and disintegrate over time). Wrappers age-toned with some chips and tears. Internally some light foxing on a few pages. Overall, a Very Good copy of a delicate book.Exhibition catalogue of Fernand Léger's paintings from before 1940, at the Galerie Louis Carré in Paris. The catalogue features a fabulous wraparound color illustration, Fleurs et papillons, by Léger as well as a color frontispiece and numerous black-and-white illustrations. The artist Jean Bazaine has provided an admiring text (which was actually written in 1942, during the German Occupation). Text in French. This is number 510 of 950 copies. SCARCE. . Item #1132
The Léger exhibition took place at the Galerie Louis Carré shortly after the Liberation but before the formal end of the war, from January 16 to February 5, 1945. As such, it was an admirable attempt to return to normal life in Paris.