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Mariette Lydis (born Mariette, Ronsperger) lived an extraordinary life of adventure and sexual intrigue. She married Jean Lydis in 1922, but left him for the Italian writer Massimo Bontempelli, who took her to Paris. In 1928 Mariette Lydis married the art publisher Comte Giuseppi Govone. Lydis had a great artistic success in 30s Paris, but fled the Nazis invasion of France with her lover Erica Marx, making a perilous voyage to Buenos Aires where she lived for the rest of her life. A talented printmaker, she is perhaps best known for her lithographic book illustrations.
Henri Motherlant (1895-1972) was a French essayist, novelist and dramatist. He was expelled from Saint Croix de Neuilly academy for his homosexual relationship with a fellow student and so joined the war effort where he was wounded and decorated. He went on to write of love, both wars and the heroism of moral conviction. He worked on several books with Mariette Lydis. Sold as complete book.
Le Chant des Amazones Le Chant des Amazones: huit lithographies de Mariette Lydis (Song of the Amazons: Eight lithographs by Mariette Lydis)
Medium: Complete book with eight original lithographs
Signature: Frontispiece signed by Lydis
Publisher: Govone Editeur, Paris
Size: Book size: 11-5/8 x 9-1/8 x 1 inches; Average lithograph size: 6-3/8 x 5-1/2 inches
Condition: Cover has losses at edges, but included prints in excellent condition.
Stock Number: 45179c