Lison de Caunes & Jean Perfettini.

Les Editions de l'Amateur. Paris. 1994. First edition. Cloth-bound boards, dust jacket. 184 pages. Illustrated profusely in colour. French. 295 x 230mm. 1.3kg. 285917186x. Fine; an excellent copy.

The definitive book on the use of Galuchat as a luxurious material for objects and furniture. Galuchat, made from shark or ray skin, was named after a Monsieur Galuchat who used the material in the 18th century. Since then it has been employed by many designers and in its hey-day in the early 20th century was used by makers such as Clément Rousseau, Jacques-Émile Ruhlman, Jean-Michel Frank, André Groult and Jules Leleu. Galuchat covers this history and gives excellent illustrations of the designers' work.