Arts et Métiers Graphiques. The most phenomenal magazine of the time, devoted to French graphic design in the 1930s.

Arts et Métiers Graphiques


Arts et Métiers Graphiques. Paris, Arts et Métiers Graphiques, 1927-1938. Complete collection. 68 issues in-4°. Sewed volumes, square back, very elaborate typographic covers, 70 pp for the regular issues. The eight thematic special issues are devoted to Photography (n°16), Victor Hugo (n°47), The International Art Book (n°26), Caricature (n°31), Advertising (n°42), The Graphic Arts and Techniques (n°59), The Most Beautiful Manuscripts of the National Library (n°60), Paris 1937-New York 1939 International Exhibitions (n°62) In 11 brick folders and slipcases, 6 in velvet 5 in cloth.

Complete series of this luxurious bi-monthly magazine created in 1927 by Charles Peignot.

One of the most exceptional magazines, a luxurious showcase of French creation in the 1930s in posters, typography, photography, advertising and bibliophily.

Its special issues are true editorial works of art: such as Photographie (n° 16), Le Livre d’Art International (n°26), La Publicité (n°42). Prestigious artists collaborated with the magazine, such as Cassandre, Jacno, Vox for the posters, Valéry, Larbaud, Mac Orlan, Fargue, Fleuret, Cocteau, Éluard for the texts, Alexeieff, Dufy, Laboureur, Laurencin, Matisse, Picasso for the painters and illustrators, and Brassaï, Krull, Man Ray, Tabard for the photographs.

Bibliography: Arts et Métiers du Livre No. 188 Nov-Dec 1994, which contains an abundantly illustrated study on AMG, analytical articles and a general table of the journal. The magazine was the subject of an exhibition “La revue Arts et métiers graphiques (1927-1939): A showcase of graphic design in the 1930s”, from 4 May to 30 June 2018, at the Strasbourg Museum Library.

A few very rare, non-serious defects to a few issues.

With a typed letter from Charles Peignot, edition letterheads Arts et Métiers du Livre, dated Paris, 10 June 1941, addressed to a subscriber, in order to eventually complete his collection.

Arts et Métiers Graphiques

In spite of all our desire, it has been impossible for us to resume the publication of our review. […] proceeding with a very detailed inventory of our stock of issues, we have noted that several of them are irretrievably out of print […] others, of which only a few copies remain, have become quite valuable. He invites him to secure possession of the missing issues. “It seems pointless to me to insist on the interest that you may find in it in the near future, but I sincerely believe that the collection “D’ARTS ET METIERS GRAPHIQUES” is destined to become very valuable.”

Arts et Métiers Graphiques

Attached the list sent to booksellers of the issues with their prices and availability, on which the subscriber has noted in ink: “Our collection, checked in VI. 41, is complete.” With the AMG publishing catalogue (1927-1934).

6 000 €