"A DAILY RECORD OF FRAGMENTS OF THE VISIBLE WORLD"
BRAQUE, Georges. Intimate Sketchbooks of G. Braque. IN: Verve, Vol. VII, nos. 31/32. London: A. Zwemmer, (1955). Folio (10-1/2 by 14 inches), original illustrated boards. $750.
First edition, English issue, of this double issue of the magazine Verve devoted exclusively to material from Braque's notebooks, profusely illustrated by heliogravures and lithographs, with the lithography done at the famed Mourlot Press.
"The illustrations in this volume are reproduced from the sketch-books, carnets de travail, which Georges Braque has been keeping for thirty years and more, and which constitute a daily record of fragments of the visible world that have caught his attention and ideas for painting that have occurred to him. In fact the only difference between these sketch-books and the diaries kept by so many writers is that here the entries are not written but take the form of gouache or watercolor sketches. Hitherto Braque has always refused to make public these albums, which he takes with him wherever he goes and which comprise the bulk of his work as a draftsman. Now at long last he has authorized the reproduction of a number of pages of these albums… This double number of Verve, whose cover has been specially designed by Braque himself, has been produced by the Master Printers Draeger Frères as for the heliogravures in colors and black, and by Mourlot Frères for the lithography in colors." With an introductory essay by Rebecca West. Text in English.
Plates and text fine, expert repairs to original binding.