Fifth edition and first illustrated edition, decorated with 425 compositions by Gustave Doré, engraved on wood by the best engravers of the time, Lavielle, Rouget, Brévière, Deghouy, Sotain and Piaud.
Leblanc, bibliographer of Gustave Doré, notes that the prints of this fifth edition were very varied; he notes that, out of 8 copies collated, none is exactly the same as the other.
Here are the peculiarities that characterize ours: - The title announces 425 drawings; - The caption on page 326 is "Le joyeulx curé de Meudon"; - The title of the Tale Naifveté appears in the table of contents on page 426. Moreover, bibliographers do not agree entirely at
all on how to define what would be the very first print. Leblanc leans towards those who, among other peculiarities, announce 424 drawings with the title.
This edition appeared just after the last issue of the Rabelais illustrated by Doré was sent, and, like the latter work, it did not have the expected success. After Dutacq's death in 1856, the print was partly collected by the publisher Delahays who passed it by taking care to change the address of the cover and putting the date of 1857.
The work was very quickly rehabilitated, and it is now considered that it is Gustave Doré's first masterpiece, bringing together in a single volume all the romantic imagery through grotesque and delusional figures, a way for the artist to mock the infatuation of his contemporaries for the Middle Ages.
Rare paperback with the relay cover of Delahays on the date of 1857. Havana shagreen sleeve with covering, case.
Lacks in the lower spine, front cover and first two notebooks partly undone. Scattered foxing.
Provenance: Ex-libris of Jacques Crépineau (1932-2017), Director of the Théâtre de la Michodière - Theatre historian, recognized and appreciated collector, to whom the largest exhibitions regularly appeal. He is a member of the Académie des 11 and the Académie Rabelais, as well as an honorary member of the A. R.T and, as such, participates in the Jury of the Brigadier's Prize. - Knight of the National Order of Merit (see website regietheatrale)
Balzac / Gustave Doré
Les Contes drôlatiques, colligez ez abbayes de Touraine et mis en lumière par le sieur de Balzac pour l'esbattement des pantagruelistes et non aultres. Fifth edition.
Paris: Bureau de la société générale de librairie (Dutacq), 1855
A thick quarto volume of XXXI - 614 pages.
- Aantal boeken
- Geïllustreerd, Literatuur
- Auteur/ Illustrator
- Honoré de Balzac / Gustave Doré
- Les Contes drolatiques colligez ez abbayes de Touraine et mis en lumière par le sieur de Balzac
- Publicatiejaar oudste item
- Geïllustreerde druk
- Oorspronkelijke taal
- Aantal pagina‘s.
- 21×13,5 cm