“TIME SPENT WITH CATS IS NEVER WASTED”: PORTFOLIO OF FIVE SPLENDID LARGE FOLIO ORIGINAL SIGNED COLOR AQUATINTS OF CATS BY JACQUES NAM, WITH ENGAGING TEXTS BY COLETTE, ONE OF ONLY 25 COPIES ON IMPERIAL JAPON PAPER WITH SIX ADDITIONAL ORIGINAL WATERCOLORS SIGNED BY NAMNAM, Jacques Lehmann and COLETTE, (Sidonie-Gabrielle).
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Chats. Paris: Chez l’Artiste Jacques Nam, circa 1950. Modern half navy cloth portfolio (19 by 21 inches) with original image and text from original portfolio laid down on front cover, containing six loose folio gatherings and five original aquatints (as issued), original prospectus laid in. $23,500.Limited first edition, 19 of 25 copies on Imperial Japon paper, of five wonderful folio color aquatints of cats, each signed and numbered by Jacques Nam, accompanied by amusing commentaries by Colette, with six original watercolors signed by Nam on the half title and the accompanying text for each aquatint. Including an original prospectus also signed by Nam laid in.“Time spent with cats is never wasted” (Colette). Jacques Nam was known primarily for his paintings and illustrations of animal subjects, mostly cats, which found their ways into the Salon d’Automne and the National Gallery of Beaux Arts. During the early 20th century, Nam provided illustrations for such French magazines as La Vie Parisienne and Le Petit Journal Illustré de la Jeunesse. Colette’s works “express a sensibility shaped by the style of the belle époque and informed by a sensual responsiveness to the life of nature and the world of childhood” (Drabble, 213). No one who is fond of cats can afford to miss her descriptions of “Le Siamois,” “Simplette,” and “Fastagette.” Text in French. Part of a more general limited edition of 380 copies. Laid in is an original prospectus for the work, signed by Nam beneath the top illustration. Also laid in is a photograph of a self portrait by Nam surrounded by cats.Without one silk tie, a beautiful copy.