Paris: Éditions M.D. [Maurice Devriès], [1942-1951].
Softcover. Twelve volume set (complete). Oblong quartos. A collection of portraits, with printed handwritten lithographic captions, of famous French men and women of the late 19th and early 20th Centuries. Each volume consists of a title page (printed in red and black), six leaves of tipped-in photographic prints on both sides of thick paper (12 pages), and a final leaf with the publisher's imprint. The folded leaves are bound with red silk laces in ivory-white decorative embossed wrappers, with a mounted photographic print serving as the centerpiece on the front wrap. All are very good, with rubbing and a few scattered stains to the wraps, and toning to the interior leaves. The photographic prints are all present and well preserved. Each album of portraits is arranged, for the most part, chronologically. From the library of the artists Ben Shahn and Bernarda Bryson Shahn, with an estate label designed by their son, Jonathan Shahn.