Very rare first illustrated print of the series of 30 plates by Gavarni and T. Johannot made for the first illustrated edition of "Comte de Monte-Cristo". Beautiful prints in 4to format on vellum paper.
This is the edition of the Journal "Le Siècle", one of the very first editions of Comte de Monte-Cristo. Published as part of the "Oeuvres complètes d'Alexandre Dumas" in the Supplement to the Journal "Le Siècle", this edition was published immediately after the serial publication in "Le Journal des Débats" from August 1844 to January 1845 and after the original edition was published in 1845-1846 by Baudry and Pétion.
It is probably contemporary to the edition of the Echo des Feuilletons, usually presented as the first illustrated edition, published in two volumes in 1846 and illustrated with the tipped-in 30 plates (the frontispiece and 29 pl.) by Gavarni and Tony Johannot, which can be found, with large margins, in this copy. The edition of the Echo des Feuilletons is significantly smaller (large 8vo, 16 x 25 cm), the Siècle edition being in 4to format (21 x 29.7 cm with margins). It should be noted that if the title page published later spells "Monte-Cristo" correctly, the titles and the headers of the issues spell it "Monte-Christo".
Le Comte de Monte-Cristo 1845-1846. Supplement to the Journal Le Siècle from 28 September 1845 to 1 February 1846 [Le Comte de Monte-Christo]
DUMAS, Alexandre; GAVARNI; JOHANNOT, Tony
, Paris, Bureaux du Journal Le Siècle, 28 September 1845 then 1 February 1846 (first issue), 1846 on the title page), 1 vol. 4to (31x22.5) of 2 ff. (title and tables), frontispiece (portrait of Alexandre Dumas), 408 pp. with 29 tipped-in plates interspersed.
Romantic binding in half-leather with corners, smooth spine adorned with a golden décor.
A sound volume, significant restorations on the spine and corners. Inside in good overall condition, paper a little browned, signs of wear and several stains not impairing the legibility. Some small instances of foxing on the plates, mainly in the margins. Some sheets of text and 3 of the plates are a little damaged at the edge.
- Number of Books
- Bindings, Illustrated, Literature
- Author/ Illustrator
- Alexandre Dumas / Gavarni Johannot
- Book Title
- Le Comte de Monte-Cristo 1845-1846. Supplément au Journal Le Siècle du 28 septembre 1845 au...
- Very good
- Publication year oldest item
- 1st Edition
- Original language
- Binding/ Material
- Half leather
- Number of pages
- 31×22.5 cm