GRASSET, Eugène // 1895: vitam mortuo reddo. (Paris: Ch. Lorilleux)
Fully-functional calendar for 2019. Vivid chromolithograph print (40 x 55 cm.); professionally linen-backed, with wide margins. Faint creasing and closed tears to inner fold. Composition: monthly scrolling calendars assembled in 2 x 3 grids, structuring a triptych of lush bibliophilia. Grasset's monogram to bottom of first scroll.
Originally appearing as supplement to the December 1894 issue of Bulletin de l'imprimerie, this calendar from Art Nouveau master Eugène Grasset is once again accurate for 2019, with both Januaries commencing on a Tuesday. Grasset was here commissioned by the firm of Ch. Lorilleux, one year following the death of its innovative founder Charles, who would transform his traditional printing establishment into one that specialized in mass-producing printing inks. (Until that time inks were largely produced in-house, by the printers themselves). Here, Lorilleux's proof was most definitely in the pudding: with the quality and depth of their inks bringing Grasset's incredibly-lush design to life. An ideal gift for calendar connoisseurs; vitam mortuo reddo.