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L´Estampe et L´Affiche, 1897-1899, a rare complete set of the deluxe edition with 4 poster

L´Estampe et L´Affiche, 1897-1899

A rare complete set of the deluxe edition

with 4 posters

Noël Clément-Janin (director) André Mellerio (editor-in-chief), Edouard Pelletan (editor), L’Estampe et L’Affiche, Paris 1897-1899, 255/268/286 pages. Complete bound set in 3 volumes of this influential art magazine, pivotal in the print craze of the end of the 19th century. All issues from the DELUXE edition of 50 copies (1897) or 36 copies (1898/1899). All hand numbered “13” and signed by Pelletan (1897) or Clément-Janin (1898/1899). One issue is numbered (erroneously?) “15”. Printed on “velin a la cuve” paper. All-in-text illustrations printed once more on chinese paper without text. Bound in half leather, marbled endpapers, top edge gilded. Covers of 1897 bound in at the back, 98/99 only have the  January cover bound in. Table des matières (year´s summary) only present for 1898/99 at the back listing all illustrations, articles and names cited. Complete with all the original prints by Jacques Villon, Maurice Denis, Edgar Chahine, Odilon Redon (misplaced) to name just a few. Covers show shelfwear, heads and tails of spine show wear, contents in general very clean, occasional foxing.


Extra: 4 posters which were inserted in the volumes:


  • Pierre Bonnard, L’Estampe et L’Affiche, 1897. Formerly folded, backed on Japanese paper,     83.8 x 61.5 cm.

  • Jean Peské , L’Estampe et L’Affiche, 1898. Formerly folded, sheet with irregular edges, paper                browned towards edges, wear to folds, backed on Japanese paper. 118 x 87 cm.


One of 3 known text versions
as listed in the table des matières).

  • Frédéric Regamey, Paris a l’eau-forte, ca. 1898. Folded with wear to edges and folds. 56 x        44.5 cm.

  • Frédéric Regamey, Paris a l’eau-forte, ca. 1898. Folded with wear to edges and folds. 55.5 x     44.5 cm. Printed on green paper.

Published in Paris and installed at 125, boulevard Saint-Germain, in the premises of the art publisher Édouard Pelletan and devoted to current events in graphic arts in France, L'Estampe et l'Affiche appeared from March 1897 to December 1899. The director was Noël Clément-Janin and the editor-in-chief André Mellerio, two art critics. The designer of the first series of covers is Clément-Édouard Bellenger. This 32-page magazine sold for 75 cents offered numerous bonuses in the form of original prints (etchings, lithographs, woodcuts) to its subscribers. For its promotion in the form of posters, it called on artists such as Pierre Bonnard or Jean Peské. From the second year, the magazine moved to 50, rue Sainte-Anne, and distanced itself from Pelletan. She entrusted the graphics for her new series of covers to George Auriol, then, in 1899, to Marcel-Pierre Ruty (1868-1937).

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