This much-sought-after copy of Rudyard Kipling's Jungle Book illustrated by Paul Jouve hails from the Marcel Garrigou Library. What’s more, it features an original drawing by the artist and a binding signed by Léon Gruel.
Paul Jouve (1878–1973) and Rudyard Kipling (1865–1936), The Jungle Book, translated from English into French by Louis Fabulet and Robert d’Humières, Paris, Société du livre contemporain, 1919, large quarto, brown morocco binding by Léon Gruel
More than 500 modern illustrated books from the collection of Marcel Garrigou (1916–1998) will be dispersed over two days in Montignac. A bibliophile from Toulouse and chairman of the Association de la reliure d'art (Association of the Art Bindery), Garrigou was always on the lookout for first editions and signed bindings: this 1919 copy of Rudyard Kipling's Jungle Book fulfilled his dreams. Inspired by the many years he spent in America and India, Kipling published the initiation tale in 1894. Our copy is one of just 125 printed on Arches vellum by the société du livre contemporain. It is illustrated by the famous animal artist Paul Jouve, the first resident at the Villa Abd-el-Tif in Algiers in 1907 and a frequent visitor to the Jardin des Plantes in Paris. His 130 color illustrations, including 17 inserts, were engraved on wood by François-Louis Schmied and printed on manual presses. Remarkably, this copy boasts an original drawing of a stalking black panther and a beautiful binding by Léon Gruel. It also comes with an artist's copy containing the print orders for Jouve's illustrations. The work has become legendary in more ways than one. While generations of children have enjoyed reading about the adventures of young Mowgli, Jouve's illustrations and Gruel's binding have raised it to the rank of a bibliophilic masterpiece.