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P(eyrabon), J(eanne)

Prélude.

(No imprint details, but Paris ?), 1914.

Reference: 13143
Price: £340 [convert currency]

Full Description

12mo. 60pp. Original printed wrappers. An untrimmed copy. No. 29 of 200 copies only printed on “papier vergé d’Arches” (there were also 3 copies on “papier Japon”). Author’s presentation copy to Eileen Gray, with ink presentation inscription “à Mademoiselle Gray. Hommage d’une inconnue”, initialed J.P. More recently Joseph Rykwert’s copy.

Thoughtful reflections on the universe, life, death and religious belief by Jeanne Peyrabon, a French writer on philosophical topics. Her book was printed in a small limited edition for private circulation, and although it is not about architecture at all, the particular interest of the present copy is that it was given by the author to the celebrated Art Deco designer Eileen Gray (1878-1976). The copy has in recent years been in the possession of Joseph Rykwert, who was introduced to Eileen Gray in the mid 1960s and who was one of the first to re-establish her reputation as an influential figure in the evolution of modernist architecture as well as in the design of furniture and interiors.