Hand-colored illus. in the text, hand-colored plate hors texte & sheet of “Timbres Anticrisopestiques” laid-in. ,  pp. Small folio (322 x 246 mm.), orig. pictorial wrappers, stitched as issued. Paris: J. Bernard, 1933.
First and only edition of an amusing narrative about the imaginary “Crisopeste,” with fine illustrations by Lewitska, heightened in color pencil, which disrupt and transform the text. One of 100 numbered luxury copies on vélin blanc fort, heightened with hand coloring, and with an additional plate hors texte, from a total edition of 1000 copies.
Born in Poland, Lewitska (1880-1937) trained as a painter in Paris and was first associated with Cubism and Fauvism, but is now regarded as a Post-Impressionist. She participated in an array of famous exhibitions, including the Salon d’automne, Salon des Indépendants, and Salon de la Section d’or. Her first solo exhibition was held at the gallery of Berthe Weill in 1913. In the final decade of her life, Lewitska also illustrated a number of books.
Near fine copy, internally fresh; a little browning to the head of the upper wrapper. This copy also comes with a printed sheet of “Anticrisopestiques” stamps.
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Item ID: 7287