La Poésie is a volume containing an essay on poetry by Georges Pompidou with an original lithograph frontispiece by Marc Chagall. A Prime Minister and a President of France, Pompidou was also a literature professor, a lover of poetry, and a friend to the visual arts. As President, he commissioned the construction of the contemporary art museum that would come to bear his name.

Published after Pompidou’s death, this book takes its essay from L'Anthologie de la poésie française (1961), a collection compiled by Pompidou of poems by prominent French writers throughout history. It is strikingly printed letterpress in the contemporary but elegant Univers san serif typeface designed by Adrian Frutiger in 1954.  Chagall’s colorful lithograph depicts two people and a bird flying over a landscape and was printed by Mourlot. The print is interleaved with a sheet of decorative, Japanese lace tissue.

This book is loose as issued with deckled edges. It comes in the original paper wrapper and linen-covered chemise and slipcase. The title is stamped in gold on the front cover of the slipcase and the author’s name is stamped in gold on the spine of the chemise. The linen on the slipcase has some slight fraying at one corner due to shelf wear and the paper wrapper is slightly discolored at the spine, but overall this copy is in excellent condition.

This book is number 75 from an edition limited to 110 numbered copies and 40 Roman numeral copies. It is signed by the artist at the colophon.

 

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