NUS. Cent Photographies Originales de Laryew
£950.00
Paris: Librairie de Arts Décoratifs. n.d. [1920s].

Portfolio of 100 photographs of nude women printed in sepia tone using the heliogravure (or photogravure) technique. Each plate measures 319x249mm and is numbered with a roman number. With title leaf but lacking number XLIX (49) and with five plates in duplicate. Loose in the original beige paper covered boards (with white ribbon ties) which are slightly soiled and with some tears to the edges. Overall a very good copy with the photographs themselves in excellent condition.
Laryew is the anagrammatic pseudonym of Stanislaw Julian Ignacy Walery, Count Ostroróg. The son of an exiled Polish aristocrat, Walery was born in London in 1863. He inherited his father's photographic studio (and title) and worked initially as a society portraitist (he photographed King George V) before moving to Paris where his father had also kept a studio. Here he started to photograph dancers and cabaret artists including Mata Hari and Josephine Baker. It was at this time (the 1920s) that Walery adopted the pseudonym Laryew (or occasionally Yrelaw) to publish erotica. The photographs that make up Nus are a mixture of the very mildly erotic, the theatrical and the academic nude. Nus is now regarded as one of the most important collections of Art Deco nude photography.