Another fantastic title illustrated by Robida, the front cover board features a fantastic polychrome composition from the futuristic designs of the great illustrator. It was published by Maison A. Mame $ Fils in Tours, France (1911). The author of the text is Leon Berthaut.
Berthaut (known also under the pseudonyme of Jean de La Heve) was a novelist and poet. He wrote many stories about the sea and sailors. He produced this title (French text) for the publisher, Mame. The illustrations by Albert Robida are superb.
The front cover board is a treasure-trove of futuristic images. A large globe rests at the center with a large ship, train, airplane and a non-rigid airship encircling it. Peoples from around the world are represented at the bottom of the globe. The composition is brilliantly colored, in polychrome. The back cover board has a decorative black border/frame. The title is gilt tooled on the spine. The pages are tipped in gilt, the endpapers are pale turquoise.
The book measures: 8 1/4" x 11 3/4" (1 1/4" thick). It is in solid condition, with normal wear to the board corners and edges. The cover remains bright, the spine is slightly faded. There is some wear to the front joint between the cover board and spine.
This is a much sought after title for collectors of the much-worshiped illustrator, Albert Robida.
Item ID: LC44
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