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Alice B. Toklas. Illustrated by Rene Gruau.Paris. Imprimerie Seido. The date stated is 'Ete 1946', however it is possible that this is a limited facsimile reprint created for the 40th anniversary of the Balmain fashion house in 1985. No. 80 of a limited edition of 1000 copies 'sur papier Arjomari offset a grain de rives ivoire'. Wrappers. 28 pages. 8 full-page line drawings by Rene Gruau printed on rectos only, with the description on the verso of the preceding plate. 330 x 245mm (13 x 9¾"). 2.7kg. . French, translated from the English. Very good; light indentation on rear wrapper and a short line mark across front wrapper.A scarce portfolio of illustrations by Rene Gruau depicting Pierre Balmain's 1946 fashion collection. The Balmain fashion house was founded in 1945 and the collection shown here was one of their first. It was a precursor to Dior's New Look collection of 1947. The designs are beautifully illustrated by Rene Gruau and include 'Pour les Ballets des Champs Elysees', 'Pour le the au Ritz', 'Pour les courses de nuit de Longchamp', 'Pour diner a l'Ambassade' and 'Pour quitter l'Opera'.