Paris and New York: Braun and Cie(Tudor distributing), 1939. First Edition. Quarto. Item #028370
 pages and 24 color plates with an index. Jean Cassou was a major writer and art critic who in his 1955 essay on the passing of Matisse said: "He was more than a great painter; he was an intellectual force. Line and Color, his primary means of expression, were dominated by lucid and thoughtful expression of mind."--NY Times Art Section, April 3, 1955. Published under the direction of Besson for the masters of colors series, engraved and printed by Braun & Cie in Haut-Rhin, France. Bound in light gray cloth lettered in dark blue, spine plain with a bit of toning in a color pictorial dust jacket lettered in dark blue, some toning and a tiny bit of wear to spine and spine ends, some finger soiling. A very nice copy with no names or bookplates. Fine copies with the original dust jackets are scarce.