“TIME SPENT WITH CATS IS NEVER WASTED”
NAM, Jacques Lehmann and COLETTE, (Sidonie-Gabrielle). Chats. Paris, circa 1935-38.
Limited first edition of this portfolio of five wonderful large color lithographic portraits of cats, each signed and numbered by Jacques Nam, accompanied by amusing commentaries by Colette, this copy one of only 25 issued on Imperial Japon paper with multiple original watercolors of cats in the margins of each leaf of text, initialed by Nam, as well as a lovely original charcoal and watercolor drawing on the half title inscribed and signed by Nam, "A Lucien Jonas, en témoignage de ma ___ amitie, Jacques Nam" [For Lucien Jonas, a token of my friendship]. This copy additionally with a splendid large (17-1/2 by 12-1/2 inches) original gouache watercolor painting inscribed and signed by the artist laid in, not called for on the limitation leaf. $28,000.