GENNEP, Arnold van, and Gustave JEQUIER. Le tissage aux cartons et son utilisation décorative dans l'Egypte ancienne. Neuchâtel, Delachaux & Niestle, 1916.
Folio. Original colour-printed cloth with rounded corners; pp. [2, blank], 130, [4, the final 3 blank], five tipped-in colour plates, six plates in photogravure, 135 illustrations in the text; one plate with reproductions of textile samples in a colourful silk-cotton mix; cloth only lightly faded and minimally spotted, one tiny spot to the margin of p. 63, otherwise very clean and fresh, uncut as issued.
First edition, number 102 of 125 copies printed on fine hand-made laid linen rag paper paper (100 copies for the trade) signed by the authors.
'Le Tissage Aux Cartons was published in 1916, and some of its conclusions—including those about the Ramses sash—created considerable controversy. The book describes and categorises many decorative motifs from Egyptian tombs, statues, and paintings; considers whether the patterns represent card woven bands; and provides instructions for creating many of the designs with card weaving' (Barbara Shapiro, online who published an English translation in 2010. 'This book is now sold out. I am unlikely to reprint it'). Van Gennep was a Dutch-German anthropologist who taught at the Univeristy of Neuchâtel in Switzerland. The superior Swiss textile industry was able to meticulously recreate the textile samples included in this book. The authors were able to tie textile design into ornamented architecture, Egyptian religion, and ancient weaving technology.
Over half of the copies for sale are held by the relevant institutions.