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Les Fleurs Animées, par J.-J. Grandville


Paris. Gabriel de Gonet, Editeur. 1847
Grandville's 'Les Fleurs Animées', an excellent copy in the first publisher's cartonnage.

The second issue with separate pagination for each volume.

'After 'Un Autre Monde' the fifty-two coloured engravings of 'Les Fleurs Animées' are the chief example of Grandville's efforts to penetrate to the meaning objects like an 'intellectual miner' ... Though the images in the book are of Grandville's time, his manner of proceeding is that of an artist of the modern movement, exploring the same subject through a sequence of slight but significant variations ... A little world is created, governed by its own laws ... full of significance for Grandville and hence ... the reader ... '. (Gordon Ray).

'Les cartonnages et surtout les reliures de l'editeur ... sont à rechercher.' (Carteret).

[SR / BF 93 / 94 / 95; Ray 198; Rebeyrat 287; Carteret 286].
pp. (ii), 260, (i); (ii), (i), (i), 102; (i), (iv), (iv), 105 - 234, (i). 2 vols. 8vo. (274 x 188 mm). Half-titles with printer's credit verso, elaborate engraved pictorial titles with additional colouring by hand and printed titles to each vol., printed text and 50 engraved plates all with additional colour by hand; the two parts of the supplement 'Botanique et Horticulture des Dames' with introduction by Karr and text by 'le Comte Foelix' with the two additional uncoloured engraved plates are also present. Original publisher's midnight blue percaline with elaborate gilt decorative floral and foliate tool to front board by Peau after by Grandville, smaller vignette within foliate frame and tooling in blind to rear board, smooth spine with gilt titles and elaborate tooling to match, cream glazed endpapers, a.e.g.

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