Syntheses Litteraires was originally published in 1923. A collection of witty full color portraits of famous authors including Zola, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Maupassant, Dostoyevsky, Renard Kipling, Oscar Wilde, Dickens, Poe, Proust. Concludes with a dictionary of authors. This edition has bright sharp color reproduction printed on extra thick art stock.
From the publisher:
"LITERARY SYNTHESES is undoubtedly the book of Gus Bofa with which his admirers maintain the most intimate bond. One finds in these vignettes the mastery of this brilliant designer, and the direction of the graphic formula which made him one of the fathers of the modern drawing. With his cartoons of some of the most famous literatury authors, Bofa invents a drawn equivalent of the aphorism, adapting his drawing to each idea and using each detail like a comment or an index."
Minimal text in French.