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LOUIS ICART illustrated artist series book, Le Reve, The Dream, 1946
Louis Icart was affectionately called the Parisian Dreamer. He was a wildly popular artist in his native France, and in America, where his work made its debut in 1922. Prolific from 1911 until his death in 1950, Icart's work glorifies women and love and the spirit of that magic time between the two world wars. Beginning in 1926, along with his larger etchings and a limited number of watercolors and oils, he began to publish smaller works in several collectible and often erotic books, called the livre d'artiste series, intended only for the French market. Although wealthy French art patrons originally purchased these books, over time, many were dismantled and the illustrations framed and sold commercially, finding their way to the US market, too. One of the livre d'artiste series was Le Reve or The Dream, by Emile Zola, published in Monte Carlo in 1946. This is number 2643 out of 3000 copies. In pristine condition, the pages are not even cut, only some light corner wear as the pages were turned, and the hard case is beginning to come apart. This is a soft cover in a hard slip case and then in a hard case, so well protected over the years. We choose to offer it to you intact, as a French aristocrat would have owned it in 1946. Text is in French and is the story of perfect love. The slip case is 8" by 6". We purchased this from a French bookseller in France.
In William Holland's 1998 book on Icart's Erotica, the illustrations for Le Reve are valued at about $900 should the book be dismantled and the illustrations sold separately.