Paris: Tèriade, 1950. Folio (425 x 275 mm). 100 color lithographs. Loose as issued in original pictorial wrappers; card slipcase lacking top edge. A few sheets with pale offsetting, wrapper lightly toned, otherwise in very good condition. From the Collection of Arthur & Charlotte Vershbow. Item #401725
LIMITED EDITION, number 954 of 1,200 copies signed in pencil by Matisse. The frontispiece lithograph is signed and dated in the plate. 500 years after these poems were composed at court, "Henri Matisse paid Charles d'Orléans a most elaborate homage: he selected and with his own hand copied out a century or so of Charles' poems and then adorned the manuscript with colored crayon decorations and portraits ... In no other of Matisse's books does one feel the same sense of the artist's pleasure in his work as he plays here his subtle games with children's crayons" (Barr, Matisse, pp 272-273, 560). Artist & the Book 202; Chapon, pp 297-298; Duthuit 28; Garvey 35; Rauch 174.