"Proust (marcel) / Laboureur & Boullaire - In The Shadow Young Girls In Bloom."PROUST (Marcel) - LABOUREUR (Jean-Emile) & BOULLAIRE (Jacques, ill. In the shade of the young girls in bloom. Paris, Gallimard / NRF, 1948. 2 strong vol. pt-4 (284 x 197 mm) format, 291 and 271 pp., stitched, with flaps with folded flaps and cardboard folders, smooth backs, laminated pieces. Complete set of two volumes constituting it. One-off only 475 copies. This one is among the 440 numbered draw on vellum wipe Lana. The work is embellished with engraved compositions by Jean-Emile Laboureur and Jacques Boullaire. Laboureur had undertaken the illustration of this text as early as the year 1935; and the 25 boards that appear in the first volume were completed in good form when death came to stop the famous artist during his work. The 25 boards of the second volume have been designed and engraved by Jacques Boullaire to whom we must be particularly grateful to have been able to give his personal invoice and talent to the arrangements already made and the typographic style of the work. (Editor's note). After studying with Auguste Lepère and Toulouse-Lautrec, Laboureur began in 1896 at L'Image. [...] ''. "We must go back to Callot to find a writing as frank and clear, but Laboureur has added to the graphic Jansenism of his illustrious predecessor finesse nuanced and a touch of spiritual irony. (Dunoyer de Ségonzac, quoted in Osterwalder). '' It is in 1912 that can be dated the reputation of this artist whose place remains considerable in the great movement of modern art. Engraver in possession of the highest traditions, master of a difficult trade, he managed to create a personal style by drawing the construction systems established since Cézanne the elements of a synthetic composition. He possessed the gift of grace. There is also in his art a concern for very particular elegance, a reflection of his very person who was that of a dandy. The high virtue of Laboureur lies in the delicacy of his line. It has been much sought after by writers and their publishers. '' (In Benezit). As for Jacques Boullaire, '' he exhibited woodcuts at the Salon des Independants, from 1927 to 1945. He illustrated literary works ''. (in Benezit). '' Boullaire began to engrave on wood advised by Galanis and Simeon [...] ''. (in Bailly-Herzberg). '' By awarding the Goncourt prize, the general public will know the name of Marcel Proust (...). Since the founding of the Academy in 1903, we have not, in my opinion, crowned such a vigorous work, as new, so full of riches - including some entirely original - that this In the shadow of the young girls in bloom. (...) The author is neither hurry nor cursive (...). It is a game of loitering and sagacity, where suddenly you, on you, on them, on them, start surprising perspectives, and such as we discover in our best moralists and annalists of the human heart (. ..). Rare (...), he has the comic faculty (...). Outrightness, indifference, savagery, the foolishness of others (...) amuse him, and he describes them in the manner of the good botanist. "(Léon Daudet). Laboureur, Complete Catalog of the Work of Laboureur, 439 - Osterwalder II, Dictionary of Illustrators, p. 644 - Bénézit VI, Dictionary of Painters, p. 354 - Bailly-Herzberg, Dictionary of printmaking in France, p. 41. Back of slightly yellowed shirts. Slight alterations affecting the cabinet. Exemplars meanwhile perfectly preserved.