GRANDVILLE, J.J. Voyages de Gulliver dans des Contrées Lointaines par Swift. Two volumes. , LXIX (i.e. LIX), , 279; , 319 pp. With a frontispiece of the gigantic Gulliver above an arch, 6 section-titles, and numerous wood-engraved vignettes by Grandville throughout. 8vo., 210 x 125 mm, uniformly bound in contemporary red calf with gilt spine, marbled endpapers, t.e.g. Paris: H. Fournier Ainé, Furne et Cie, 1838.
First Edition with Grandville's illustrations, containing 450 original wood-engraved vignettes which comprise some of his best work. "Swift's text, with its pattern of logical development from impossible premises, fitted Grandville's mind better than any other to which he applied himself... Each of Gulliver's four voyages had its own kind of appeal for the artist, whose compositions remain at a high level throughout" (Ray pp. 271-2). Indeed, Beraldi claimed that the Voyages de Gulliver became the definitive visual rendering of Swift for French readers, and remains one of Grandville's best works. There is scattered foxing throught, asseems to be the case with most copies, still a more than acceptable copy and also containing the half-titles which are lacking in the Ray copy.
Ray, Art of the French Illustrated Book 192. Beraldi VII, 206. Brunet V, 603. Vicaire VII, 717. Carteret III, 578.
Item nr. 167574