Paris: Jardin des Modes, [Impressions Paul Dumas,], [n.d., 1931]. First edition. Batik is an Indonesian relief dyeing technique in which wax is applied to fabric, which is then soaked in dye. The wax resists the dye, which allows the artist to later remove the wax with boiling water and begin the process again with another color of dye. The technique been practiced in Indonesia for at least fifteen hundred years. The present book was one of the first batik books produced in the western world, when the technique surged in popularity both with artists and early childhood educators in the first half of the twentieth century. . Linen pages. Beautifully illustrated on every page using batik (with vegetable dyes) by Françoise Seinobosc. One style of batik, which employs copper plate relief stamp printing to apply wax, was likely used to illustrate the present work. Minor toning. A near-fine copy of this uncommon book. Original batik illustrated linen wrappers with woven cloth spine. Linen pocket pages folded at fore-edge. 10 in. x 8 in.  pp. Item #17034
Françoise Seignobosc (1897 – 1961), who published under her first name only, was born in Lodeve, Herault, France, and spent her early years there before moving to the United States. In American Picture Books (1976), Barbara Bader calls the present book a “minor work of art” and notes that it best showcases Seignobosc’s sense of space and composition. Seignobosc also wrote and illustrated children’s books like Jeanne Marie Counts Her Sheep (1951), for which she was awarded the New York Herald Tribune children’s book prize. She also produced five other Jeanne Marie books.
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