Paris: Albin Michel, 1927. Limited edition. Hardcover. 1/300. Octavo (8 x 6"). , iv, , 323, pp. Later blue cloth, with gold lettering and ruling to spine. Original wrappers bound in. Color vignette to title page.
In this remarkable French novel by celebrated author Pierre Benoit, a young woman rediscovers her Jewish heritage, becomes a Zionist and devotes her time and fortune to supporting Jewish settlers in Palestine.
This work is magnificently illustrated throughout with fifteen full color illuminated letters as chapter headings representing the 12 Tribes of Israel, and twelve tissue-guarded full-color pochoir plates.
These stunning illustrations are characterized by a rich diversity of colors and detailed presentation, deliberately referring to the medieval and renaissance traditions of illumination of manuscripts, with interspersed contemporary elements.
Limited edition of 300 numbered copies on Velin d'Arches, of which this is copy No.43.
Minor and sporadic scratches to covers. Fore-edge slightly stained (not affecting pages). Text in French. Binding in overall good+, interior in very good condition. g+ to vg. Item #43677