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BoutiquesWebb & Webb Design Limited

The Boutiques Trilogy, ‘Boutiques’, ‘Boutiques de la foire’ and ‘Boutiques Littéraires’, a celebration of 1920s Parisian shopfronts, fairground rides and writers.

Originally published in 1925 by Marcel Seheur, ‘Boutiques’ paired the jewel-like illustrations of Lucien Boucher with the surreal text of bohemian favourite Pierre Mac Orlan and celebrates the city’s charming shop fronts. The success of Boutiques led to a sequel the following year, ‘Boutiques de la foire’, again featuring text by Mac Orlan and 37 autolithographs by Lucien Boucher depicting fairground rides and stalls rather than shopfronts. The third book ‘Boutiques Littéraires’ imagines if the literary greats of 1920s Paris were not in fact writers but shopkeepers.

Designed by Webb & Webb, the books were produced to a high standard, featuring brightly coloured cloth-bound covers decorated with tipped-in cover illustration and bold typographic debossing on the spine.

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