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Eragny Press

Handmade Antiquary: The Eragny Press of Lucien Pissarro

Sometimes it is hard to walk in the footsteps of ones parents. This is the lesson that young printmaker Lucien Pissarro learned after his father, Carmille Pissarro the famous French Impressionist warned him against his interest in the British private press Arts & Crafts movement.

The Eragny Press was borne out of Lucien’s desire to recreate that antique feel of wood-cut printing, specializing in classic and antiquarian short tales such as Grimm’s fairy tales, Francis Bacon’s monologues, scripts from the bible and short verse. Although operating throughout the late nineteenth century and into the twentieth, the sensibilities of the Press instead turned to an earlier age, with decorative borders reminiscent of the Renaissance, romance and fantasy.

Today the Eragny Press is highly recognized as one of the leading art private presses of its times, with exhibitions regularly displayed in such august institutions as the Ashmolean Museum and various prestigious universities. Needless to say, all printed works are highly sought after.

If collecting the Eragny Press, the best attention would be paid to the letter-plates indicating providence, and to such details as intact binding, serviceable cover and the vibrancy of the colors used inside. It is also worth keeping such items in protective cases and/or atmospheres to keep their age well. Such volumes can be sell at auction in the order of hundreds of dollars.

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Perrault, Charles. La Belle au Bois Dormant et Le Petit Chaperone Rouge. Eragny Press (1899). 224 copies. 2 woodcuts by Lucien Pissarro

Flaubert, Gustave. La Legende de St Julien L'Hospitalier. Eragny Press (1900). 226 copies. wood engraved frontispiece; borders and initials by Lucien Pissaro and engraved by Esther Pissaro.

Villon, Francois. Autres Poesies de Maistre Francois Villon de son Ecole. Eragny Press (1901). 222 copies; woodcut title page, frontispiece and initials by Lucien Pissarro

Flaubert, Gustave. Herodias. Eragny Press (1901). 226 copies. wood engraved frontispiece; borders and initials by Lucien Pissaro and engraved by Esther Pissaro.

Verhaeren, Emile. Les Petits Vieux. Eragny Press (1901). 230 copies; frontispiece and colophon by Lucien Pissaro

Flaubert, Gustave. Un Coeur Simple. Eragny Press (1901). 226 copies with a frontispiece engraved by Lucien Pissarro, borders and letters designed by Lucien Pissarro and engraved by Esther Pissarro.

Ronsard, Pierre de. Choix de Sonnets. Eragny Press (1902). 226 copies on arches; wood engraved frontispiece; borders and initials by Lucien Pissaro and engraved by Esther Pissaro

Perrault, Charles. Histoire de Peau d'Ane. Eragny Press (1902). 230 copies on arches; wood engraved frontispiece; borders and initials by Lucien Pissaro and engraved by Lucien and Esther Pissaro

Bacon, Francis. Of Gardens. Eragny Press (1902). 226 copies with a frontispiece engraved by Lucien Pissarro, borders and letters designed by Lucien Pissarro and engraved by Esther Pissarro.

Moore, T Sturge. A Brief Account of the Origin of the Eragny Press and a Note on the Relation of the Printed Book as a Work of Art to Life. Eragny Press (1903). 241 copies, 235 on handmade paper. 15 woodcuts by Lucien Pissarro

Ronsard, Pierre de. Abrege de L'Art Poetique Francais. Eragny Press (1903). 226 copies on arches; borders and initials by Lucien Pissaro and engraved by Esther Pissaro

C'Est D'Aucassin et de Nicolete. Eragny Press (1903).

Browning, Robert. Some Poems. Eragny Press (1904). 226 total copies with 11 on vellum; woodcut frontispiece by Lucien Pissarro.

Binyon, Laurence. Dream Come True. Eragny Press (1905). 175 copies on paper and 10 copies on vellum. Woodcut by Binyon, initials an decorations by Lucien Pissarro, engravings by Esther Pissarro.

Steele, Robert. Some Old French and English Ballads. Eragny Press (1905). 200 copies

Moore, T Sturge. The Little School. A Posy of Rhymes. Eragny Press (1905). 175 copies on paper and 10 on vellum; engravings by Moore and others.

Jonson, Ben. Songs A Selection from the Plays Masques and Poems with the Earliest Known Settings of Certain Numbers. Eragny Press (1906). 175 copies on paper and 10 copies on vellum. Frontispiece woodcut by Lucien and Esther Pissarro.

Rossetti, Christina. Verses. Eragny Press (1906). 175 copies; engravings by Esther and Lucien Pissarro