Paris: [Imprimerie Henon for] A. Arnould, June 1896. 8vo (380 x 275 mm). 32 black-and-white plates. Pictorial wrappers with Toulouse-Lautrec’s lithograph [second state, with letters], folded as issued; glassine; morocco-backed chemise, slipcase. Minor splits to the spine, otherwise in very good condition. Provenance: purchased from Valette, 1977. From the Collection of Arthur & Charlotte Vershbow. Item #401751
Toulouse-Lautrec’s provocative lithograph shows an anonymous French prostitute with Maxime Dethomas, the artist’s close friend and fellow artist. Débauché (deuxieme planche) is a crayon, brush, and spatter lithograph printed in three colors from three stones. Despite this reduced palette, the print is filled with impact, most notably in the juxtaposition of the countenances of the two subjects. Arnould’s sale catalogue promotes a collection of posters, and illustrates examples by Toulouse-Lautrec, Steinlen, Beardsley, Mucha, and other artists. Peter Wick, Toulouse-Lautrec Book Covers and Brochures, no. 10. W. 167; D. 178; AD. 187.