Per Lasson KROHG (1889-1965, illustrator). - Maurice BEDEL (1883-1954).
Jerome 60° Latitude Nord. Paris: Gallimard, 1929. lithographic illustrations by Per Krohg, colored by hand using the pochoir steccil process. Leather-backed boards, with original wrappers bound in. Limited, no. 30 of 600 on Hollande paper.
Bredel won the 1927 Prix Goncourt for this work (much to his surprise, apparently). It has held up quite well, and can still be read pleasure today. It has undeniable qualities: a slightly sassy humor and enjoyable lines (Uni’s French is delightful). The sentimental and emotional fantasy that guides the hero is too romantic to be completely true, yet, is sensitive enough not to be entirely false. Bedel undoubtedly paints cultural differences using broad strokes which sometimes leads to a buffoonish effect, but this caricatur-ish aspect is not necessarily a fault. As Benjamin Crémieux wrote in Les Annales politiques et littéraires (December 15, 1927), "the book offers the same pleasure as a good Vouvray wine: both are very fresh and very light".
- Binding Condition: Acceptable
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