Koopman’s Harem

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Twentieth-century French artist’s books from the staggering Koopman Collection:

01 Le livre blanc by Cocteau, 1930, frontispiece
Le livre blanc by Cocteau, 1930, frontispiece

(The White Book from City Lights)

02 Albert Flocon, illus. for Perspectives by Paul Eluard, 1949
Albert Flocon, illustration for Perspectives by Paul Eluard

03 Albert Flocon, illus. for Perspectives by Paul Eluard, 1949 cover
Albert Flocon, cover for Perspectives by Paul Eluard

04 Alexeieff, illus. for stories by Hoffmann, 1960
Alexeieff, illus. for stories by Hoffmann, 1960

05 La pieuvre by Victor Hugo, illus. André Masson (Buenos Aires, Éditions des Lettres françaises, 1944)
La pieuvre by Victor Hugo, illus. André Masson (Buenos Aires, Éditions des Lettres françaises, 1944)

06 Paludes by Gide, illus. Alexandra Grinevski, 1930 wrapper
Paludes by Gide, illus. Alexandra Grinevski, 1930

07 La jeune Parque by Paul Valéry, illus. Jean-Gabriel Daragnès, 1925 cover
La jeune Parque by Paul Valéry, illus. Jean-Gabriel Daragnès, 1925 cover

08 La jeune Parque by Paul Valéry, illus. Jean-Gabriel Daragnès, 1925 colophon
La jeune Parque by Paul Valéry, illus. Jean-Gabriel Daragnès, 1925 colophon

09 Clouk et Chéri by Colette, illus. André Dignimont, 1935 title page
Clouk et Chéri by Colette, illus. André Dignimont, 1935 title page

10 Le peseur d'âmes bu Maurois, illus. Picabia, 1931
Le peseur d’âmes bu Maurois, illus. Picabia, 1931

11 La fin du monde, filmée par l'Ange N.-D. by Cendrars, illus. Fernand Leger, 1919 2
La fin du monde, filmée par l’Ange N.-D. by Cendrars, illus. Fernand Leger, 1919

12 Dolorine et les ombres by Jean de Bosschère, 1911
Dolorine et les ombres by Jean de Bosschère, 1911

13 Les chants de Maldoror, illus. Frans De Geetere, 1927, frontispiece vol.2
Les chants de Maldoror, illus. Frans De Geetere, 1927, frontispiece vol.2

14 Les mains libres by Eluard, illus. by Man Ray, 1937
Les mains libres by Eluard, illus. by Man Ray, 1937

15 Dormir, dormir dans les pierres by Benjamin Péret, illus. Yves Tanguy, 1927
Dormir, dormir dans les pierres by Benjamin Péret, illus. Yves Tanguy, 1927

16 Amphitryon 38 by Giraudoux, illus. Mariano Andreu, 1931 title page
Amphitryon 38 by Giraudoux, illus. Mariano Andreu, 1931 title page

17 Mimes by Marcel Schwob, cover by Jean-Gabriel Daragnès (1886-1950), 1933
Mimes by Marcel Schwob, cover by Jean-Gabriel Daragnès (1886-1950), 1933

18 Monsieur de Bougrelon by Jean Lorrain, illus. Adrien Étienne Drian, 1927 colophon
Monsieur de Bougrelon by Jean Lorrain, illus. Adrien Étienne Drian, 1927 colophon

19 Kees van Dongen, lithograph for Les lépreuses by Henry de Montherlant, 1947
Kees van Dongen, lithograph for Les lépreuses by Henry de Montherlant, 1947

20 Le livre de la vérité de parole by Mardrus, illus. François Louis Schmied, 1929
Le livre de la vérité de parole by Mardrus, illus. François Louis Schmied, 1929

The post title is a reference to Emerson’s quote “A man’s library is a sort of harem.” (Via book porn.)


Will Schofield is the editor of 50 Watts (original name: A Journey Round My Skull) and Writers No One Reads. More from this author →