Les Douze Mois. Eugene Grasset.

Les Douze Mois

Paris: G. De Malherbe, (1894). First edition. Hardcover. 26.5 x 19 cm. Series of two suites of twelve color plates, one for each month, designed by the calendar of the Parisian department store of La Belle Jardiniere -- before type with month only and with with a monthly calendar noting each day. Plates before letters are printed on sheets, those with text cut and mounted on sheets. In the early 1890's Grasset began experimenting with a new form of printing called chromotypography invented by his friend, Firmin Gillot. This calendar was printed in "Gillotage," a version of chromotypographie where the plates are engraved on wood. Also included a four page text taken from "Les Hommes D' Aujourd'Hui with text and color lithograph cover by Paul Berthon of Grasset. Grasset spent approximately 20 years working for La Belle Jardinere, designing additional calendars in 1899 and 1904. GORDON RAY p.465. Grasset "developed an early version of Art Nouveau to which he subsequently remained faithful, developing it constantly until 1900." Orig. brown cloth wrappers lettered in gold laid-in. Contents clean and fresh. Contemporary three quarter red cloth and marbled boards, black leather spine label printed in gilt. Near fine. Item #20684

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