Hemard's Illustrated French Tax Code in a Handsome Binding Hemard, Joseph [1880-1961]. Code General des Impots Directs et Taxes Assimilees. Texte Inegral des Lois, Decrets, Decrets-Lois, Decret de Codification, Suivi d'un Formulaire Administratif. Paris: Editions Litteraires et Artistiques/Librairie "Le Triptyque", . x, 332 pp. 183 illustrations including 62 in color, 8 pp. addendum of changes to the code, titled Rectificatif, bound in. Quarto (9-1/4" x 6-1/2"). Illustrated stiff color wrappers bound into contemporary three-quarter calf over marbled boards, raised bands, lettering piece and gilt ornaments to spine, top-edge gilt, deckle fore and bottom edges, marbled endpapers. Light rubbing to extremities with minor wear to spine ends and corners, internally fresh, colors vivid. A handsome copy. $950. * From an edition limited to 800 copies, this number 615. Hemard presents the official text of the French Tax Code with witty, and often racy illustrations, colored (au pochoir) by E. Charpentier. It is a sequel to his Code Civil: Livre Premier, Des Personnes (1925) and Code Penal: Commentaires Images (c. 1940). Hemard, a prolific artist, illustrator, designer and author, is best-known for his humorously illustrated editions of serious non-fiction books. The Code General was issued in several forms. The first 145 copies of the 800-copy edition included an original sheet of text illustrations and a sheet of their original sketches. There is also a signed and numbered edition of 160 printed on Arches paper (papier velin), an edition of 40 non-commercial copies intended for friends and associates (hors commerce), 60 portfolios of the images alone and a non-limited trade edition, which has fewer illustrations in color.
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