Sainte-Étienne: Les Cahiers de l'Atelier, 1955. Single volume, measuring 9.5 x 7.25 inches: , . Original stiff ivory pictorial wrappers printed in black, red, and blue; original glassine. Pochoir-printed frontispiece in red, blue, yellow, and green; linocuts throughout text printed in black and grey. Colophon numbered in ink; four pages of notes at rear, printed on grey stock. Original linocut laid in.
First edition, number 97 of 150 copies for “les Amis de l’Atelier” and the subscribers. This handsomely printed survey of original linocuts by the young students at L’École Active de Saint-Cloud (Seine-et-Oise) is accompanied by essays on the arts and art education by school faculty. Starting with the abstract compositions of the very youngest children, the survey follows the students’ work over time, as they combine traditional genres -- landscapes, botanicals, portraits -- with depictions of fighter planes, dinosaurs and rockets. This volume is one in a series of “cahiers” exemplifying the principles of art book design: “la mise en page, la typographie, la matière et le main.” Text in French, original botanical linocut laid in. A fine copy.