The sale of the Maurice Houdayer Library continues

René Char
Poèmes, 1952
Illustrations de N. de Staël
Ex. n° 8 sur grand vélin d’Arches, avec double suite des bois
Rel. de P.-L. Martin
Estimate: €15,000 - 20,000

After a successful first session that achieved a total of €1.3M, the sale of the Maurice Houdayer Library will continue on 21st September 2021. This second session will include beautiful books with illustrations by Picasso, Matisse, Foujita and Dalí.


Among the most beautiful works, collectors will be able to discover a rare copy of L'Enchanteur Pourrissant by Guillaume Apollinaire, signed by the latter and by André Derain. Into the great encounters between authors and illustrators, let us note in particular the Char-Staël couple, in a 1952 collection of poems by René Char, illustrated by Nicolas de Staël and bound by Pierre-Lucien Martin. This unique work will be presented alongside a copy of Oscar Wilde's Two Tales, with engravings and mosaic binding by Schmied. We should also mention the books illustrated by Paul Jouve, including the emblematic Chasse de Kaa, in an Art Deco binding by Creuzevault.


Likewise the first session, binding is in the spotlight, with a beautiful set of incised leather bindings. The Art Deco book occupies a special place, with remarkable examples including lacquers by Jean Dunand wich dress the great illustrious figures of François-Louis Schmied. Rose Adler, Pierre Legrain, Paul Bonet and Georges Crette are also represented. 


Book lovers will recognise the names of important collectors, such as Colonel Sickles, René Descamps-Scrive, Jacques Matarasso or Fred Feinsilber, to which are added some desirable provenances : Yves Tanguy and Philippe Soupault.


The best of creative bookbinding is also present, from Monique Mathieu to Nobuko Kiyomiya, through Renaud Vernier, Francois Brindeau and Annie Boige.


« Just like the Maurice Houdayer collection and the first session of the sale, this session offers modern illustrated books and bindings lovers a vast panorama, with beautiful copies selected and often enriched. This session offers the particularity to propose several characteristics specimens of incised and embossed leather decorations. » - Frédéric Harnisch, Director of Books & Manuscripts, Artcurial





A third sale will take place in the first half of 2022, closing the dispersal of this great Maurice Houdayer collection. Passionate about books and bookbinding, owner of the Librairie Privat in Paris, he cultivated this passion from the 1980s until the end of his life. As a patron of art bookbinders, this great collector has contributed to the support of creators over the last thirty years. 


L’Enchanteur pourrissant. Illustr. Derain. 1909
Rel. / Binding J. Anthoine-Legrain.
Estimate: €15,000 - 20,000



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Tuesday 21st September 2021


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