Olympe & Henriette. With an Introduction by Patrick Magarich and Handmade Paper by Madeleine Pestiaux


LIMITED EDITION of 75 copies, this is number 46, SIGNED by the designer, Joseph D'Ambrosio (1934-2009), on the colophon. Printed on a Vandercook No. 4 proof press using hand set 14 pt. Greeting Monotone and Fournier types printed on Madeleine Pestiaux's handmade Misty Rose paper. Book-in-a-Box Structure. 8 7/8 x 6 1/4 inches. Unpaginated. [38] pp. Half-title, title page printed in box-like structure with a black mesh fabric over a window cut into the box structure, flower typographic ornaments used throughout the text, 15 pages made of boxes that automatically open to become a four-sided box with depth, serigraphed illustrations on 12 pages (1 double-page); text clean, unmarked. Binding consists of a cover box covered in cloth with a printed paper spine label holding this book-in-a-box which is built up from a series of box-like structures in which the collapsing hinges of the boxes create extra bulk at the fore-edge of the text block with the fore-edge much thicker than the spine, the cover joints feature accordion pleats composed of fabric over single-ply board resulting in a floating spine which allows each opening to expand as each page box opens; binding square and tight. With accompanying ephemera. SIGNED by D'Ambrosio on the colophon. Fine. Villiers de L'Isle-Adam's satirical short story given treatment here is a simple tale, beautifully told, of two sisters whose livelihood is prostitution; it exposes human duplicity and hypocrisy. Auguste Villiers de L'Isle-Adam was a French dramatist, short story writer, novelist and poet who died in poverty in 1889. Villiers de L'Isle-Adam was an idealist who refused to conform to the moralistic tastes of late nineteenth-century France. This copy of Olympe & Henriette is accompanied by 6 pieces of ephemera, including a typed letter SIGNED by D'Ambrosio accompanied by a handwritten receipt for this copy, along with a variety of other prospectuses for other D'Ambrosio projects and a prospectus from Atelier Madeleine, 1988-1998. REFERENCE: D'Ambrosio, A Memoir of Book Design, pp. 138-139.

Title: Olympe & Henriette. With an Introduction by Patrick Magarich and Handmade Paper by Madeleine Pestiaux

Author Name: Jean-Marie-Mathias-Philippe-Auguste comte de Villiers de L'Isle-Adam (1838-1889)

Illustrator: Joseph J. D

Categories: Artist's Book,

Edition: First Edition, thus

Publisher: Sherman Oaks, CA, Livre d'Art by D'Ambrosio: 1992

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Collectible: Like New

Type: Hardcover

Inscription: Signed

Seller ID: GG218-001

Keywords: Jean-Marie-Mathias-Philippe-Auguste comte de, Villiers de L'Isle-Adam, Villiers de L'Isle-Adam, Olympe & Henriette, Patrick Magarich, Madeleine Pestiaux