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" 'Paris' is above all the name of a state of modern civilization." So begins the preface for the remarkable portfolio of 64 lithographic plates, titled, Paris 1928 (Librairie des Arts Decoratifs, A. Calabas publ.). That little announcement makes a big claim, namely, that the output of artists from that city in the modern era comprises the very best this time has to offer. How is "best" understood in this context? Let's say "chic" and "art deco" are a beginning. And let's look at these graphics on the next few pages, to begin to fill out this remarkable bid for refinement.

ART DECO RARITIES

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