MATHIEU, Monique. FRENAUD, Alain. [UBAC, Raoul]. ~ Construire en Marguerite.
Manuscript poems written in ink on paper from Nepal by Alan Frenard written between 1908 and 1981 with an original woodcut print by Raoul Ubac. With a printed colophon. One of 26 handwritten copies, here bound by Monique Mathieu (signed MM) for her exhibition at the Giraud-Badin bookstore in november 1981. Oblong 15 x 12 cm, bradel binding in pale grey calfskin with onlays of tan morocco encircling an arc of tinted yellow like the centre of a daisy (marguerite) reflecting the poems inside the book, with dyed shadows from the onlays, spine lettered in gilt. Housed in the original paper covered chemise and slipcase, with calf spine label lettered in blind. An exquisite book.
The poems were written out 26 times by the poet to give to the lenders of the books on display at Monique Mathieu’s exhibition, as well as the collaborators in teh exhibition at the Librairie Giraud-Badin.
Mathieu has produced an extraordinarily empathetic binding for her husband’s poems - reflecting the structure of a daisy and the stripping of its petals. A stunning piece of binding art.