Valéry, Paul, et al.
Paris: Librairie A. Blaizot,
Trained as a maker of wooden fashion mannequins, Paul Bonet (1889–1971) only turned to bookbinding in 1920, and did not rise to prominence until a decade later, when the Depression forced many of his clients to sell their examples of his daring and original work. This catalogue, published in 1945 by Blaizot, summarizes Bonet’s achievements at the height of his powers. It is bound in Bonet’s characteristic irradiant style, which gives an optical illusion of three dimensions through the use of undulating gilt rules radiating from a common center.
Gift of Laura K. and Valerian Lada-Mocarski.