Between the World Wars Ambroise Vollard brought together many of the great artists and writers of his time, publishing such monumental works as La Tentation de Saint Antoine illustrated with etchings by Odilon Redon Le Cirque with woodblock prints by Georges Rouault. The tradition of bringing together the great artists and writers of an era to produce deluxe books with a ready market had been in France at least since the time of Delacroix. But it is Vollard whose name we associate with this genre, because, as an editor, he raised the act of publishing to an art form.

In the future, this page will feature the Vollard books, other deluxe illustrated books, their historical antecedents and contemporary offspring.

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