Choix, by Paul Iribe, 1930. Rare copy of the essay and set of plates by the famed artist of the fashion world of the 1910s and 1920s, Paul Iribe. Published by his own imprint, Éditions Iribe, and printed under his direction by the Draeger Frères. "Choix" is Iribe's 31-page rant against the influence of Cubism and America on the design world of France, and his plea that the country's design industries return to greatness by following what he described as the principle of the arabesque. Includes seven plates in Iribe's vision of the arabesque in design of clothing, textiles, furniture, jewelry, and hats. These plates were created in a unique and very futuristic method for the time – a mylar overleaf printed with the black and white outlines and shadows of his designs, laid over a page embossed in gold or silver foil with either details of the mylar design or a separate but coordinating image.
Quarto, spiral-bound. Copy 73 of 400 deluxe editions with the mylar and metallic prints out of a total edition of 800 copies. 58 pgs, measures approx. 12" H x 9.6" W x 0.8" D. Good condition – front cover shows ring marks, some wear to edges of boards, chipping to top of some pages and light foxing. Mylar overleafs have yellowed with time, gold and silver leaf plates show wear to surface, and two have been pulled away from spiral binding at the bottom 3 inches of the foil plates. See images for reference, and feel free to email for further information.
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