Art Deco Bookbindings

The Work of Pierre Legrain and Rose Adler

Yves Peyre, H. George Fletcher

     7 × 9 in (17.8 × 22.9 cm)
120 pages
60 color illustrations
Publication date: 5/1/2004
Rights: World
ISBN: 9781568984629

Before dust jackets wrapped every hardcover behind a shield of paper, a book's binding was its only advertisement, and the shelves of bibliophiles were lined with staid leather-bound tomes. Then came the Art Deco designs of Pierre Legrain and Rose Adler, who transformed bookbinding into a medium of playful and dazzling experimentation and craftsmanship. Their colorful, imaginative works, often made in exotic materials, are found only in a few prized collections and have rarely been available to the general public. Now, this selection of more than sixty designs, colored-paper maquettes, and realized bindings are collected in one exquisite volume, with insightful texts introducing the work and discuss its revolutionary effect on modern design.

Among the brilliant array of bindings are ones made especially for works by Colette, Paul Verlaine, Andre Gide, Guillaume Apollinaire, Stephane Mallarme, Michel Leiris, and Jean Giraudoux.

Art Deco Bookbinding accompanies the exhibition of the same name at the New York Public Library's Humanities and Social Science

Yves Peyre is the director of the Bibliotheque litteraire Jacques Doucet.

H. George Fletcher is The New York Public Library's Brooke Russell Astor Director for Special Collections.

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