Paris, Peignot, 1913. 4to. Uncut and unopened in the original wrappers. With tissue-guards. Apart from minor tear to hinge at bottom, near mint condition.
Nr. 17 of 100 copies, one of only 15 copies on Japan-paper. "Le present Exemplaire, qui porte le no 17, est un des quinze exemplaires sur Japon Imperial, renfermant, autre les gravures terminées une Suite d'Etats." Comprising 15 original signed engravings, each with a suite, all in all 30 original engravings by the famous French painter and printmaker Bernard Naudin.
Bernard Naudin (1876-1946) was the pupil of Léon Bonnat at the Beaux-Arts, Paris. He was successful as a painter, but he gave it up in1904 in order to concentrate on printmaking, for which he is now famous. His engravings for "L'Homme qui a perdu son ombre" are considered some of his finest works, and the book one of his scarcest.
In all 100 copies were made, nr. 1 being a unique copy on "vieux Japon" (priced at 10.000 fr. at the time of appearance), Nr. 2-10 on "vieux Japon" (priced at 600 fr.), nr. 11-25 on "Japon" (priced at 500 fr.), and nr. 26-100 on Holland, with no extra suite (priced at 300 fr.).