SPL Hand Coloured Rare Book Collection Featuring Norman R Bobins

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L'Oiseau bleu.

The Blue Bird is a 1908 play by Belgian playwright and poet Maurice Maeterlinck. It premiered on 30 September 1908 ,at Konstantin Stanislavski's Moscow Art Theatre, and was presented on Broadway in 1910. The play has been adapted for several films and a TV series. The French composer Albert Wolff wrote an opera (first performed at the New York Metropolitan Opera in 1919) based on Maeterlinck's original play, and Maeterlinck's inamorata Georgette Leblanc produced a novelization. The story is about a girl called Mytyl and her brother Tyltyl seeking happiness, represented by The Blue Bird of Happiness, aided by the good fairy BĂ©rylune. Maeterlinck also wrote a relatively little known sequel to The Blue Bird titled The Betrothal; or, The Blue Bird Chooses.

Paris: [1920's]
Paris: [1920's]

Octavo, half purple hard grained morocco, marbled boards, raised bands in blind to spine, lettered in gilt to spine, original wrappers bound in. 5 unnumbered pages, 212 pp., one unnumbered page. FIRST EDITION. Fourteen watercolours by George Lepape, coloured in pochoir by Saude. One of 400 copies on Arches vellum (This work number 111). Superb illustrated work from the 1920's. Uncut. Coloured plates in order: 1. Title page. 2. Frontispiece of a bluebird. 3. La Cabane du Bucheron. 4. Chez La Fee. 5. Le Pays du Souvenir. 6. Le Palais de la Nuit. 7. La Foret. 8. Devant le Rideau. 9. Le Cimetiere. 10. Devant le Rideau qui représente de beaux nuages. 11. Les Jardins des Bonheurs. 12. Le Royaume de l'Avenir. 13. L'Adieu. 14. Le Reveil.