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., 270 x 195 mm, bound in contemporary full decorated morocco, with the original front and rear wrappers preserved. Paris: H. Fournier, 1844.
A desirable copy of the 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 du Ballet" which are in black letter. Despite some staining and foxing to the text pages throught, this is still an outstanding copy, in a contemporary binding, preserving the rare celebrated front and rear wrappers. Exteremely 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. 167578