Title Verve, the French Review of Art, Volume Two (2), Numbers Five (5) and Six (6)
Book Condition Good Plus
Edition First American Edition
Size Folio - over 12" - 15" tall
Publisher Paris Éditions de la Revue Verve 1939
Seller ID 007575
This is the English language edition of Verve, an artistic and literary quarterly, Vol. 2, Nos. 5-6, Paris, July-October 1939. Note that two of the articles are in French: La tiare écrite and Visages réels ou imaginaires. Special double World's Fair issue. Printed in Paris. Typography and process color work, Imprimerie des Beaux-Arts, heliogravure in colors, Draeger Frères, heliogravure in black and white, Néogravure Lithography, Mourlot Frères. 14 x 10.5 inches. Cover illustrations back and front by Aristide Maillol. Wear along the edges of the wrappers. Note that the front cover is completely detached and has two tears to the top left corner and a large crease at the bottom right corner. The spine has largely perished. The sewn threads of the binding of the text block are loosening. With 178 pages, many of which are unnumbered. (A printer's error lists p. 120 as p. 20.) Contents include Texts, Paintings, Illuminations, Lithographs in Color, Drawings, Paintings, Statues and Photographs. With all color lithographs called for, including Guys (4), Braque, Rouault, Derain (2), Leger, Bonnard (2), Matisse (2) Klee, and bas-reliefs (2). Also with numerous color and monochrome illustrations. We can find no missing illustrations or pages. The interior is generally very clean except that, oddly, at some point in the past, two sheets (illustrations?) were crudely taped in, one to the reverse of the front wrapper and the other to the reverse of the rear wrapper. Those taped-in sheets are now missing and, as the tape decomposed and yellowed over the years, have left crude tape remnants. The tape marks transferred to the front title page and to the rear FEP. In any case all the color lithographs are impressively clean and intact, as are the illustrations in general. Rated a Good Plus copy. One of France's most famous art periodicals, and published from 1937 to 1960, Verve is renowned for the quality of its production and the breadth of subject matter.