Carco (Francis)

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Carco (Francis)
Ɵ La Bohème et mon cœur. Éditions du Milieu du Monde, Genève, 1943. 11 etchings by Maurice Barraud (Cailler et Darel 247) (39.2 x 30.1 cm). Parchment case decorated on the spine with an original drawing by Maurice Barraud. Exceptional copy of the first edition on chine with two suites of etchings by Maurice Barraud, double dispatch, refused plate, a very rare additional plate printed at 5 copies, 2 handwritten poems by Carco, and the parchment binding spine decorated with an original drawing by Barraud. One of 28 copies on chine with suites, refused free plate and handwritten poem (after 3 copies on Montval, two of which "clandestine" by name, and before 270 on vergé d'Ingres and 20 hors commerce by collaborators). This one is nominative for Constant Bourquin, all 12 etchings signed in graphite by the artist (the 11 etchings in the book and the free plate printed in 31 copies for the Montval and chine editions), with : - A suite on chine and a striped suite on japon pelure including the refused free plate, which was printed at 31 copies (for the Montval and chine editions). - A signed edition of the rare additional trial etching (Les Amoureux, printed in 5 copies, Cailler et Darel 248), - 2 autograph poems by Carco (one signed and dedicated), - The subscription form with an original etching, and the invitation to the book presentation. It was in Paris in the 1910s that Francis Carco (1886-1958) turned to literature, after meeting Pierre Mac Orlan, Maurice Garçon and Roland Dorgelès at the Lapin Agile in Montmartre. La Bohème et mon cœur is his first collection, published in 1912. A storyteller of working-class and underworld circles, he went on to publish novels, reports, memoirs, poetry collections and plays. In September 1939, his second wife Éliane Négrin being of Jewish origin, Carco moved first to Nice, then into exile in Switzerland, where he reunited with his friend, the painter Maurice Barraud, who had illustrated his book Au coin des rues in 1919. Carco had spotted Barraud through the Geneva magazine L'Éventail, which had been very active during the war, but the two men didn't meet until 1924, during Barraud's first stay in Paris. Barraud wrote to his painter friend Chinet: "I finally met Carco, with whom I'd been corresponding for five years [...] He's very nice, very fat, with an excessively disdainful smile [...] He has a lot of paintings at home, Modigliani, Utrillo, Derain, Asselin, well chosen". In the same year as this book, Carco devoted a study to his friend Barraud, un peintre chez lui. This book bears witness to the relatively intense bibliophilic activity in Switzerland during the Second World War. Maurice Barraud is at his best as an engraver. Attached: Carco (Francis). Petits Airs. Poèmes. Frontispiece by Maurice Barraud and wood by Deslignères. Ronald Davis & Cie, Paris, 1920. One of 37 first copies on old japon (n° 43, signed by Carco), after 13 on chine. Carco (Francis). Au coin des rues. Contes, with drawings by Maurice Barraud. L'Éventail, Geneva, 1919. The parchment binding is decorated on the spine with an original ink drawing by Maurice Barraud (Femme sous un réverbère). Provenance: Fritz Kappeler.
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