Author: Tristan Bernard
Description: Tristan Bernard was a playwright, novelist, journalist, and lawyer who wrote for the théâtre de boulevard, a genre meant to entertain middle-class audiences on Sunday afternoons. He had a sharp eye for the ridiculous and keen tendency to deflate pompous characters.
Although much admired for his quick-witted plays, this novel was greatly appreciated by his contemporaries. Early editions include illustrations by Hermann-Paul.
Publisher: A. Fayard
Author: Alfred Capus
Description: Alfred Capus began his adult life as the sensible son of a Marseille lawyer. He studied engineering in Paris. In time, he was drawn instead to journalism and later the arts. Yet his scientific training was never far behind. His first published work was an obituary for Charles Darwin.
This novel was first published in 1885 and its theme was existential freedom. In this regard, it owes heavily to the work of Henrik Isben. It went through several printings and Hermann-Paul illustrated the 1903 edition.
Publisher: Librairie Charpentier et Fasquelle
Author: René Georges Hermann-Paul
Description: Le Rire Editor Felix Juven released compilations of his most prominent artists in book form. Number nine featured the work of Hermann-Paul.
It is a large volume of roughly 400 drawings, most in black or sepia. Several span the full frame while most pages feature two to four illustrations.
Publisher: Librairie Félix Juven
Author: François Villon
Description: François Villon was a Fifteenth Century poet, thief and vagabond whose work remained in print for centuries. Hermann-Paul illustrated this 1922 edition for Léon Pichon
Publisher: Léon Pichon
Author: Sidonie Gabrielle Colette
Description: Originally published in 1919 as part of the "Maitres et jeunes d Aujourd hui" series. The book contains 16 illustrations by Hermann-Paul. The cover is from a portrait drawing of a nude woman by Dignimont.
Publisher: Arthème Fayard & Cie, Paris
Author: Abel Hermant
Description: An American family vacations in France. Humor arises from their failure to understand the locals and vice versa. First published in 1897, it was adapted to for film in 1928. Illustrations based on the watercolors of Hermann-Paul. 316pp.
Publisher: Albin Michel
Author: Octave Mirbeau
Description: Le Calvaire is an autobiographical novel in which Mirbeau chronicles a ruinous affair with a woman of dubious morals. Humiliated by his lover, the main character attempts to transform his suffering into an impulse for creativity. Originally published in 1886, Hermann-Paul illustrated this 1928 edition.
Publisher: Paul Ollendorff
Author: Henry de Montherlant
Description: Title page by Hermann-Paul Montherlant died of an accute self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head in 1972.
Publisher: Nouvelle Société édition