GRANDVILLE, J.J. Un Autre Monde. Transformations, visions, incarnations... et autres choses. By Taxile Delord. , 295,  pp. Half-title and title-page printed in red. Illustrated with 133 woodcut vignettes, 15 full-page woodcuts, and 36 hand-coloured plates. Large 8vo., 268 x 196 mm, bound in contemporary quarter morocco over matching pebbled boards (publisher's?). Paris: H. Fournier, 1844.
First Edition of Grandville's masterpiece. One of the spectacular, surreal illustrated books of the nineteenth century. "In this remarkable book, of the boldest possible originality, Grandville dared to reveal his dream world to the public" (Ray). The illustrations expose an imagination which was unlike anything that appeared in print before. Ray points out that the designs of Grandville certainly influenced Tenniel when he created the characters for Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland.
In this copy all the hand-coloured plates have captions in white letter as per Rebeyrat, except for that of the "Bal Masqué" and "Apocalypse due Ballet". An outstanding copy in a contemporary binding, in exceedingly fresh condition. Rare thus.
Carteret III, 285 (with reproduction). Ray, French 196 (with reproduction). Rebeyrat, Catalogue bibliographique et bibliophilique in: J.-J. Grandville, p. 287. Sello, Grandville: Das Gesamt Werk 1167-1351.
Item nr. 166654