[FRENCH EROTICA]. La Beaute: The Most Beautiful Photographs of the Most Beautiful Models. Second Year, Numbers XIII to XXIV. Paris: Paris Art Editions, [c.1922].
4to, leather-backed gold paper covered boards, lettered in gilt to spine; upper edge gilt; gold cloth-effect endpapers; rear endleaves a little spotted; first title page with a corner crease and small closed tear to lower edge; the odd corner crease not affecting images; light pink paint mark to photograph 1885 and diagonal crease to same page; else internally very clean, the boards rubbed with some small patches of loss to the gold paper; corners a little bumped. Very good overall.
Volume II of this collection of almost one thousand black and white photographs, forming, "The Most Priceless documentation for painters, sculptors, and art students." Three volumes were published in total.
Each double-page spread shows the model in five different poses within a set. Comprised here is album XIII with photographs 961-1040; album XIV with photographs 1041-1120; album XV with photographs 1121-1200; album XVI with photographs 1201-1280; album XVII with photographs 1281-1360; album XVIII with photographs 1361-1440; album XIX with photographs 1441-1520; album XX with photographs 1521-1600; album XXI with photographs 1601-1680; album XXII with photographs 1681-1760; album XXIII with photographs 1761-1840; and album XXIV with photographs 1841-1920, and complete thus in a continuous run. Original photographs were able to be ordered from any reproduction in the volume and a specimen, printed in a postcard-sized format, can be found at the beginning of the volume.
With monthly albums published serially, copies are often found in soft wrappers, bound volumes are considerably scarce.