Paris: Editions Mornay, 1928. First Edition. Paperback. Quarto (4to). Very good+ condition. Item #016774
VIII, 170 pages of text. All text and illustrations printed on Japon Imperial. Original wrappers are moderately shelfworn, with the front hinge weakened; minor restoration work has been performed. The original glassine wrapper has been replaced with a custom-fitted archival mylar sleeve. Number 23 of 40 "Sur Japon Imperial (Numerotes 11 a 50) Avec Un Dessin Original Et Une Suite Sur Annam De Toutes Les Illustrations." Many pages uncut and unopened; an excellent copy except for the front hinge which has rolled and has a small tear. In addition to numerous 59 in-text illustrations, it is illustrated with six dry-point etchings (all on Japon Imperial). Included is an original charcoal drawing by Alexandre Iacovleff of a seated figure with his arm outstretched and resting upon his knee, and his other arm resting what may be a pipe on the ground. The drawing is signed by the artist in lowercase initials "a. i." There is also an extra suite of 65 illustrations on Annan paper, including six etchings and all 59 in-text illustrations (excepting the numerous sketches that are head-piece (chapter heading) and tail-piece (chapter ending) illustrations. A few plates in the extra suite have tiny spots of discoloration and some soiling. A few pages of the book have a few very minor spots of soiling. Protected in a custom made clamshell box with a gilt-lettered spine label. Highly uncommon to encounter this publication complete with the original signed charcoal drawing and the extra suite of plates. The author considered this edition to be the definitive edition, although the text was originally published to great acclaim in 1921. First thus edition.