We conclude with what Pirages describes as "without doubt the finest 20th century binding we have ever offered for sale." The book is Poemes, by Francis Thompson, published in 1939. Undoubtedly, Thompson's poems are fine, even if he is not well known, but it is the binding that matters here. It was designed by Paul Bonet, and executed by René Desmules. It contains radiating gilt lines on both front and back covers, with a flower design in the center. This hardly describes it, so rather than continuing, click on the image on this page to see for yourself. Item 221. $45,000.