First edition. Signed and inscribed by Fernand Léger to Frank McEwen. Publisher's original pictorial card wrappers with titles in black to the upper cover and spine. Page edges untrimmed. Illustrated throughout with tipped-in colour plates and numerous black and white photographs. Housed within a custom made folding box. A very good copy, the binding square and firm with a couple of creases to the spine and a little marking and spotting to the covers. The contents are clean and bright throughout and remain free from any previous owners' inscriptions or stamps. The folding box with a little rubbing, marking and bumping to corners.
Inscribed by Fernand Léger in blue ink on the title page: "a McEwen / Amicalement / F Léger". A wonderfully illustrated exploration of Léger's work by the art historian, critic, and patron and collector of cubist art, Douglas Cooper (1911-1984). The recipient of the present copy, Frank McEwen (1907-1994), was an artist and teacher who had studied at the Sorbonne, where he had become a friend of Léger as well as many other French artists of the period, including Georges Braque, Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso. Later moving to Africa, he is now best remembered as an expert on, and promoter of, African art. An excellent association copy.
Stock code: 19777