LORRAINE, France. - Léon MIRMAN (1865-1941).
A large poster, a proclamation addressed to ‘Freres et Soeurs de Lorraine’ confirming the liberation of Lorraine by France after fifty years under the brutal yoke of German rule.
Metz: [but printed in Nancy, Paris & Strasbourg: imprimerie militaire Berger-Levrault], date ’19 Novembre 1918.
Printed in blue and red on thin wove paper (47 1/4 x 29 1/2in; 1200 x 750mm), backed onto linen (reversable and using archival materials), with a small onlaid panel featuring crossed French ‘tricolor’ flags (as issued), small circular ink stamp of the Le Commissaire de la Republique in Metz in the bottom right corner.
Condition: see images, toned, old folds, chips to blank margins, some small voids, but generally excellent.
An attractive poster recalling a pivotal moment in the history of Lorraine. Very scarce – this assertion is somewhat undermined by the fact that the Smithsonian have four copies, but no other copies appear to have been sold or offered for sale. Unsurprisingly, the proclamation was also issued in German.
- Overall Condition: Acceptable
- Size: 47 1/4 x 29 1/2in;120 x 75cm