Paris: Librairie Centrale Des Beaux-Arts, 1924, 1925. First edition. Loose leaf. Elephant Folio (19 1/2 x 15 1/4"). (1) 20 plates. Original black quarter cloth over brown boards with hand painted color plate pasted and blind-stamped lettering on cover, string ties. Title page printed in black with green hand painted lines.
Title page and twenty plates with eighty-six colorful and imaginative motifs by Edouard Benedictus in pochoir on card stock by J. Saudé, partially with gold and silver overlays. Important illustrated Art Deco work of inspired designs for wallpapers and textiles. Beautifully executed pochoir of floral designs in various seizes, some with silver overlays. This 1924 edition was followed by the publication of "Nouvelle Variations" in 1925.
Text in French. Portfolio with wear along edges, medium chips at corners, some staining and string ties partially damaged. Title page browned with light wear along edges. Some plates with light foxing in margins and small chips along edges. Pochoirs in fine condition.
Benedictus. Nouvelles Variations. Soixante-Quinze Motifs Décoratifs En Vingt Planches (New Variations. Seventy-Five Motives On Twenty Plates). Paris. Éditions Albert Lévy. 1925. Elephant Folio (19 x 15). (1) 20 plates. Original yellow board portfolio with hand painted color plate and brown lettering on cover, string ties. Title page printed in black with hand painted lines. Title page and twenty plates with seventy-five colorful and imaginative motifs by Edouard Benedictus in pochoir on card stock by J. Saudé, partially with gold and silver overlay. Important illustrated Art Deco work of inspired designs for wallpapers and textiles. This 1925 edition was preceded by the publication of "Variations" in 1924.
Text in French. Portfolio with light wear along edges, one medium and some small water stains and rubbed. Title page lightly age-toned with clear tape repair along top edge. First plate with small color stain just below image, this not affected. Some plates with light wear along edges and lightly age-toned in margins, images crisp. Good- to fine condition. Item #48909
Edouard Benedictus (1878–1930), artist, designer, composer and chemist (he invented the safety glass) was born in Paris, France on June 29, 1878. Limited information is found on the chronology of his life and nothing is found on his education, but it is known that he was a talented artist and important inventor. It appears he came from an artistically inclined family, with the pianist Louis Benedictus (1850 - 1921) being his older brother. In his lifetime he was deemed a Knight of the Legion of Honor and an Officer of the Legion of Honor by the French Government.