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Mouki le Délaissé, (Mouki the Forsaken), by André Cuel, illustrated by Edouard Chimot. 1922. One of seven on Japanese paper, including 11 original pencil studies for the illustrations. E. Chimot (1890-1959) is a painter, illustrator who largely devoted his talent to the illustration of books. He studied under Levert and Mossa and was greatly influenced by Toulouse-Lautrec, Renoir and Rodin. By 1931, he had illustrated 18 books of classic literature, including Le Spleen de Paris and Les Fleurs du Mal by Baudelaire, L’enfer by Barbusse. Later, his illustrated books included Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence. He worked with artists such as Foujita, Lobel-Riche and was Artistic Director of Les Éditions d’Art Devambez. His illustrations are mostly of beautiful nudes, in erotic poses.

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