DERAIN
L'Enchanteur Pourrissant
GUILAUME APOLLINAIRE

Kahnweiler, Paris,1909
L'Enchanteur Pourissant was published by Henry Kahnweiler, who, like Vollard, was an important Parisian art dealer and lover of books, publishing thirty-seven volumes. All were collaborations of contemporary artists he represented and writers he selected. Kahnweiler was a particular fan of Juan Gris who illustrated several books for him and about whom Kahnweiler wrote a biography. Some of the artist/writer collaborations arranged by the publisher were: Picasso and Radiguet, Braque and the composer Satie, Gris and Gertrude Stein, Masson and Leiris, Legér and Malraux and so on. At the outbreak of World War One Kahnweiler, who was German, had to leave Paris and the business was carried on by a relative under the name Galerie Simon.

L'Enchanteur Pourissant was the first book published by Kahnweiler, the first book illustrated (woodcuts) by Derain and the first book of poetry published by the famous Surrealist writer Apollinaire. There are 106 copies, small in size, 8 x 10 inches, with a paper cover and signed by artist and author. It remains one of the most important Modern Illustrated Books and is now quite rare. Many other books were illustrated by Derain, by far the most noteworthy being Pantagruel by Rabelais. This gorgeous book contains woodcuts in sparkling color, published in 1946 by Albert Skira. It took several years to complete the project.


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