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Shelfmark C188c50
Held By BL
Country France
Period 20c
Cover Material Goatskin (includes morocco, turkey etc)
Decorative Technique Inlaid; Onlaid; Carved
Style Abstract; Geometrical design; Lettered cover, eg initials, titles
Edges Untrimmed
BookBinder Dumas, Hélène
Owner Breslauer, Bernard H.
Author Germaine de Coster, Hélène Dumas
Title Reliures, 1935-1980
Place of Publication Paris
Date of Publication 1981
References
Notes Book in dark green leather slipcase/box with dark green silver- and gold-sprinkled decorative paper. Half dark green goatskin chemise with dark green silver- and gold-sprinkled decorative paper. Signed and dated in silver on the lower turn-ins. Bound in 1983 by Hélène Dumas to a design by Germaine De Coster (signed and dated in silver on the lower turn-ins) for Bernard H. Breslauer in light grey boxcalf, the front cover with geometrical onlays of light-brown, lime, ochre, yellow, purple, light and grey-blue and green goatskin, in the centre the initials h and b cut out and backed by green goatskin, the initials GC and HD inlaid in white metal wire, the word "de" incised between the G and the C, the rear cover with horizontal borders of yellow, light-borwn, purple, ochre and bluish-green goatskin, in the lower right-hand corner the initial b formed of light-blue goatskin and white metal wire, partly resting on a rectangle of lilac boxcalf. Smooth spine with Reliures 1935 1980 in cut-out letters on a blue background and the binders lettered in silver, endleaves of handmade paper sprinkled in grey and brown, untrimmed edges, in a half green goatskin chemise, lined with grey suede and slipcase. Germaine De Coster was born in Paris in 1895 and studied at L'Ecole Nationale des Arts Décoratifs. She worked with Jules Chadel, assisting him with his engravings, and also designed jewellry, costumes and theatre sets. In 1931 she met Hélène Dumas (b.1896) and in 1935 they entered into partnership, with De Coster as the designer and Dumas as the binder. They had a workshop at 11 Avenue du Maine in Paris and in 1951 they won le grand prix de la Reliure Originale. Their collaboration was one of the most creative in the history of bookbinding, as demonstrated by the 270 bindings featured in this catalogue. With thanks to Edward Bayntun-Coward. Stock no. ebc3607
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