(Paris: Chez A. Krol, 1952). 135 x 175 mm. (5 1/4 x 6 7/8"). 55,  pp.Translated into French by David Scheinert. No. 168 OF 236 COPIES.
MOST ATTRACTIVE ORANGE CRUSHED MOROCCO BY DENISE LUBETT, upper covers tooled with a gilt chalice decorated with grape clusters and a deer, smooth spine with undulating gilt grapevine, ROBIN'S EGG BLUE MOROCCO DOUBLURES, tooled with a gilt chalice with handles, orange endpapers, all edges gilt on the rough. Original printed paper wrappers bound in. Housed in the original felt-lined morocco-backed chemise (its spine a bit sunned), in the matching morocco-lipped red buckram slipcase. With 10 etchings by Abram Krol. Title page inscribed in pencil to Pierre Quastalle by Krol, dated 1952. A fine copy with virtually no signs of use.
Printed on thick handmade paper, this edition of the "Song of Solomon" is decorated with hieroglyphic-inspired etchings and bound by a Designer Bookbinder. Born in Paris, Denise Lubett (1922-2015) studied bookbinding under John Corderoy at Camberwell School of Arts & Crafts and at the London College of Printing. She set up her own binderies in England and France in 1966. In 1971, she was elected to membership in the exclusive society of Designer Bookbinders. Three of her bindings are pictured in the catalogue for the exhibition on "Modern British Bookbinding" held at Brussels and The Hague in 1985. A tribute to Lubett in the Winter 2015 newsletter of Designer Bookbinders praised the way "her natural eye for bold, vibrant colour and the harmonious effect of pattern combined to beautiful and stunning effect." The present binding, less abstract and more restrained than much of her work, echoes images from the Krol etchings, one of which is in the shape of a Roman chalice. Abram Krol (1919-2001) was born in Poland, but immigrated to France in 1938 to study engineering. He joined the Foreign Legion and survived World War II by hiding his Jewish identity. He moved to Paris in 1944 and trained in engraving with Joseph Hecht, a fellow Polish-Jewish emigré. In addition to illustrating 20 books, he also engraved medals for the French mint, designed tapestries, and painted enamels, His works are held by the Bibliothèque Nationale, the Victoria & Albert Museum, The British Museum, Houghton Library at Harvard, and the Bodleian Library, Oxford. (ST17263-19)