KYSTER, Anker. ERAGNY PRESS. FLAUBERT, Gustave. ~ Trois Contes: La Legende de Saint Julien L’Hospitalier; Un Coeur Simple; Herodias.
Three volumes. All with wood engraved frontispieces, borders and initials designed by Lucien Pissarro and engraved by Lucien and Esther Pissarro. Each one of 226 copies and printed in Vale Type on Arnold’s handmade paper with the Vale Press watermark. 16mo., each bound by Anker Kyster (signed on lower turn-ins and dated with his mark on the back of each volume) in full olive green goatskin with differing and exuberant patterns in gilt on the sides within in the same frame of two gilt fillets on the sides with two doubled demi and semi circles in gilt at the edges and centres of the frame and the same curving gilt outline with a curved lozenge in the centre of each. All of the three volumes have different curving patterns in gilt and onlaid red and citron morocco flowers highlighted in gilt in the centre of the frame. The spines are all matching with five panels with raised bands, lettering in one panel, the others with gilt curved decorations within a gilt border and with onlaid red and citron morocco flowers, turn-ins with four gilt fillets, all edges gilt. Each volume has different hand-painted japanese vellum endpapers. All the original blue binding papers with the original printed labels are bound in. An exquisite and beautifully preserved set housed in the original suede lined box with spine label.
Bound by the important Danish bookbinder Anker Kyster in 1909. Kyster (1864-1939) was the foremost binder in Copenhagen at this time and is one of Denmark’s greatest and most artistic bookbinders.
In 1896 Camille Pissarro suggested that Lucien should think of printing works by Flaubert which were not in copyright which led to him printing these three short stories by Flaubert which first appeared in uniform linen-backed blue paper covered boards.