A MAGNIFICENT SET IN ORIGINAL
WRAPPERS, COMPLETE WITH 186 STUNNING POCHOIR PLATES
Journal des Dames et des Modes
The Journal des Dames et des Modes was an expression "of the most
refined Parisian elegance, and illustrated by the most gifted designers
and illustrators of the time." -Christina Nuzzi
FIRST EDITION OF ALL 79 ISSUES, WITH 186 HAND-COLORED PLATES by some of
the most famous artists of the era. Number 884 (each issue from the same
set) of only 1250 sets on Holland paper (out of a total edition of
1279). IN ORIGINAL WRAPPERS IN FINE CONDITION.
"The Journal des Dames et des Modes lasted only two years (the
first issue appeared on 1 June 1912, and the last on 1 August 1914).
This stylish periodical was issued regularly three times a month, and
ceased publication upon the outbreak of the First World War. With its
expensive layout, its society columns, its poetic texts, its colourful
annotations, and its fashion reports, it represented the last brilliant,
refined, impartial, and aestheticizing impulse of a happy and optimistic
society occupying the centre of the stage in the period that has aptly
been called the 'belle époque'... It was essentially the testimony, the
history--illustrated, or rather 'clothed' and narrated--of the customs,
ideas, and ideals of a society and a period.
"Every issue carefully reviewed all the current novelties of fashion,
[and] every issue carried coloured stencil prints reproducing the latest
conceptions of the fashion designers." For the text, "the magazine could
count on the collaboration of the best known writers and littérateurs of
the time," including Henri Duvernois, Marcel Boulenger, Paul Margueritte,
Jean Cocteau, and many others. The artistic contributions "included the
works of some outstanding artists and many promising young ones. Most
frequent in his appearance, and outstanding for the quality of his
illustrations, was Georges Barbier." Other artists included Léon Bakst,
Bernard Boutet de Monvel, Umberto Brunelleschi, H. Robert Dammy, Paul
Iribe, Charles Martin, and Fernand Siméon. (Christina Nuzzi,
Parisian Fashion from the "Journal des Dames et des Modes"). Note:
all 186 plates are present, numbered 1-184 with two unnumbered plates.
Paris: 1912-1914. Octavo, each issue loose as issued in original
wrappers, inserted loosely into four half-yearly plus one supplemental
original large wrappers. A few plates with spots but generally
exceptionally clean, dampstaining to edges of five issue wrappers. A
nearly immaculate set, exceedingly scarce in original wrappers. $28,000.