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Londres. Illustré de 174 gravures sur bois par Gustave Doré

Doré, Gustave. Enault, Louis

Paris. Librairie Hachette et Cie. 1876
A very scarce deluxe example of Louis Enault's 'Londres' illustrated by Gustave Doré printed on Chine and with a signed original drawing.

This is the first French edition; the work was first published in English in 1872 with text by Blanchard Jerrold. No copies of the English edition were issued on Chine.

The original drawing by Doré (420 x 350 mm), framed separately, is a preparatory sketch for one of the illustrations in the book, 'Pauvresse à Londres'. The image shows a bare-footed young woman seen from behind carrying a small child on her left shoulder, her head turned to the right, another child, very slightly older, her face half-turned towards the viewer shelters within the skirts of the young woman, the whole scene suggesting pathos and poverty.

'La publication de cette édition française ne reçut que des éloges.' (Leblanc).

[Ray 251 (English edition) & 252; SR / BF 59].
pp. (ii), (i), 430. Small folio. (385 x 296 mm). Half-title with printer's credit verso, printed title in red and black and Enault's text illustrated with 174 wood-engraving after Doré, of which 52 are full-page. Contemporary burgundy half-morocco, marbled boards and endpapers, banded spine with gilt title in six compartments, original publisher;'s blue printed wrappers and backstrip with titles in red and black retained, t.e.g.

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