One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A type of luxury illustrated book in which each illustration is printed directly from the etching plate, lithographic stone, etc., on which the artist has worked.
1960s; earliest use found in Studio. From French livre d'artiste book both conceived and physically produced by an artist from livre book + de + artiste.
livre d'artiste/ˌliːvrə dɑːˈtiːst/
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