From Paris, France, a July 15, 1916, Summer Issue No. 20, of the French women's publication "Journal des Demoiselles", containing various articles of "Instruction" and "Education". The drawing on the front cover, captioned "L'Ombre de la Mort", depicts an ecstatic Christ in Joseph's shop, surrounded by carpenter's tools and wood shavings, a lead-in to the two-and-a-half page feature article entitled "La Legende de la Croix". Other contents deal with everything from flowers to contemporary headwear, correspondences, poems, a trip to Paris in 1782, and various miscellany.
11 3/4" x 8 1/4", 28 unnumbered pages (including covers) in the form of 7 folded but unstapled sheets, plus 3 inserts:
1) A 25 1/2" x 36" tracing paper showing 8 large and small patterns, including a simple 10 1/2" folding fan leaf. Other patterns show surface ornament using mother of pearl, precious stones, copper, tin, and tooled leather for billfolds, icons, and a variety of other objects.
2) An 11 1/2" x 11 1/4" tracing paper pattern for napkins.
3) An 11 1/4" x 8" single sheet printed on one side, with a colored sketch showing three young girls posing in their very fashionable dresses and smocks (this sheet dated July 15, 1914).
Condition is good to fine. Everything is complete; slight foxing here and there, mostly a few spots across the back cover; the cover has some slight wear and small tears around the edges; the inner pages are clean, with a mild crimp to their top corners; all the inserts are very fresh, clean, and bright; nothing has been written on or erased.
Even without understanding French, it's an interesting browse, but for someone who knows the language it would be a fascinating ride in a table-top time machine!!
Specialists in Mother of Pearl (M.O.P.) and other nacreous shell, both artifacts and raw materials.
Pearlescence and chatoyance predominate, with occasional amber, linens, china, and select "smalls".