Paris: F-L. Schmied, 1930. Schmied, Francois-Louis. First edition. One of a total edition of 177 copies, all on japon (this one of twenty for collaborators), signed by Schmied in the colophon. 13 x 10 inches,  leaves, (plus front and rear endpapers); 8 full-page color wood block illustrations, (including the cover) and 23 other designs. Original wrappers, fine condition, in publisher's blue cloth chemise and slipcase. Item #32327
In his book on Schmied, Mauro Nasti notes the incorporation in this volume of both Schmied's naturalistic style and abstract decorative motifs, and here the two styles seem to mesh in perfect harmony, producing the most beautiful of any of his work, and one of the most beautiful of any twentieth century book, with complex and integrated illustrations typography and decoration. The title page alone is "the most intricate of all Schmied's illustrations, requiring some forty-five different blocks to achieve the lacquer-like quality he wanted. And then it took almost two months to print that single page" (Ward Ritchie). The full-page illustrations of the scribe and the man carrying a book are Schmied's self-portraits.