Noa Noa: Voyage De Tahiti (Noanoa)

Noa Noa: Voyage De Tahiti (Noanoa)

 Paul Gauguin; Julius Meier-Graefe; Georges-Daniel de Monfried

R. Piper & Co., 1926


[Gauguin's Tahitian Journal]  Quarto, 31.5 x 24.5 cm.  Limited edition, no. 9 of only 320 copies. Handsome facsimile of Gauguin's autograph manuscript with collotype reproductions of the artist's watercolors, pen-and-ink drawings, woodcuts and photographs.  Issued without a title page. Bound in publisher's "straw" cloth, lettered in brown. Minor fray to cover at joints. Pages clean and attractive.  204 pages. With publisher's limitation bookplate affixed to front paste-down, as issued.  Held in custom made clam-shell box.  

During his first visit to Tahiti (1891-1893), Paul Gauguin created a journal of his experiences.  Gauguin used the term Noa Nao to describe the scent of the Tahitian women: "A mingled perfume, half animal, half vegetable emanated from them; the perfume of their blood and of the gardenias - tiare - which they wore in their hair.  'Teine merahi noa noa (now very fragrant),' they said." - Gauguin, Paul. Noa Noa., translated by O. F. Theis. Brown, 1919, p. 12.  "Realizing that the Parisian art world might not understand his new work, he began writing Noa Noa to accompany an exhibition at the Durand-Ruel Gallery in Paris. He hoped that the travel journal would provide the viewer with the context necessary to comprehend the new themes in the works on exhibit. The work however, was not completed in time for the exhibition opening." - Paul Gauguin's Noa Noa, Collection in Focus, Cleveland Museum of Art, 2019.  Gauguin gave his manuscript to his collaborator, the Symbolist poet, Charles Morice, for safe keeping.  After the artist's falling out with Morice, Gauguin's death in 1903, and the disruptions of First World War, the manuscript was nearly forgotten.  The book was revived by the publisher George Cris who negotiated the printing with Gauguin's widow.  The original manuscript, which this facsimile is based, is now housed in the Louvre.  Gauguin's "visual interpretation of this primitive culture in powerful rhythmic and totemic designs is distinctly his own [...] Noa Noa represents an important project in book-making by this major artist.  Refs: Garvey, The Artist and the Book, 115.  "Rarissime reproduction de tres bonne qualite." - Luc Monod, 5158.

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