paperback. A collection of essays and illustrations on wine and vineyards, executed by a variety of renowned authors and artists. Title in red & black; decorative initials throughout; XXX plates. 201, pp in loose signatures as issued, within a pictorial wrappers and housed in a two-piece slipcase. Paris: Bernard Klein, (1953). Limited edition - from a total of 850 copies, this is number 227 of 500 copies on Arches paper, reserves aux bibliophiles Francais. A few small faint stains throughout, still a near fine copy in a damaged but sturdy slipcase.
The 13 essays are by Georges Duhamel, Maz Jacob, Roger Vitrac, Raoul Ponchon, Tristan Dereme, Louis Jouvet, Colette, Mac Orlan, Heron de Villefosse, Fernand Fleuret, Maurice Fombeure, and Paul Valery. The 16 beautiful illustrations - lithographs, pochoirs and monochrome plates - are by Jacques Villon, Raoul Dufy (2), Max Jacob, Andre Derain (2), P.Y. Tremois, Jean Cocteau, Gen Paul, Foujita, Kisling, Utrillo, Honegger, Brianchon (4).