Francis de miomandre, written on water, with engravings with the strong water of grau sala, bets, émile-paul frères, 1947, 266 p. In illustrated sheets under cover, case and box editor. Cover, colour frontispiece, 30 illustrations in blue in the text: 15 coppers in full page + 15 header. All coppers, related to the title of the book, are drawn in shades of blue: midnight blue, electric blue, overseas, indigo, marine, sapphire. Draw limited to 400 numbered copies: 50 on vellum darchs from 1 to 50 and 350 on vellum de lana from 51 to 400.
The first 20 were joined with an original drawing, a first condition suite and a final condition suite, to the next 30 a suite. Our copy is the number 3 of the headprint. It contains as announced in the colophon. 1 original drawing in china ink.
Signed in red, by hand, by grau sala. This is the original drawing of the 4th plank, p. 1 suite in first condition of the 31 engravings. 1 continuation of the final status of the 31 engravings. It is also enriched d.
A board refused with the mention. Signature in the hand of grau sala.
Grey pencil, not marked with colophon. Written on water was published in 1908, on account of author, five hundred copies by a Marseille house: the fire, directed by emile sicard.
The novel was awarded the same year with the goncourt prize in front of henri barbusse, amedée roquès and jean violis. When the verdict was signed by the hand of the hennic leon, president of the academy, there were only five hundred copies left of a small dozen that sold within the hour. Sicard and his printer rushed to bet well decided to drown the booksellers of the new edition of this unexpected goncourt. But ill-equipped and so happy to discover the charms and pleasures of the capital they founded upon, they did not find time for this reprint. When the volumes finally came out of the press, it was too late.
Miomandre confesses, without any regret or grudge, to having taken more than seven years to dispose of the three thousand copies he had planned for his glory. The novel invites us to follow along the water sentimental learning of the young jacques de meillan (alter ego de francis de miomandre), in the marseille of the little dawn of xx.
The theme is bandin' and the writing, light and without any style buzz, gives off an outdated and vaporous charm when it is read. A little praise to the youth and love of a young man whose sap passes through body and spirit of bubbling desires. In the foreword, miomandre warned his readers of the time: "He does not ask for any effort to be read. If you open it in the middle, it will be as intelligible to you as if you approached it in the first chapter. Even in eternity, it has neither beginning nor end, but it is less long".
André gide puzzled, in the new French magazine, notes about writing on water: "on what tone to speak of this light book? Light as a bubble, inconsistent, bizarre, it escapes under criticism and seems constantly in formation. It could be unbearable; it is charming. Exceptional set in excellent condition.Sumptuous illustrations and original design signed by grau sala. Very neat shipping, with follow-up and assurance, all over the world. The illustration photos of the advertisement show the 3 states of a selection of boards and the 4 states for that with the original drawing in china ink. The item "miomandre grau sala written on water n°3/20 original drawing board refused" has been on sale since Sunday 27 June 2021. It is in the category "books, bd, magazines\old books, collection". The seller is "librairiealademilune" and is located in/in Gallargues the hilly. This item can be delivered anywhere in the world.