ALPHABET BOOK. Alfabeto da Phosphatina Falières. 8 ff. With 12 colour-printed illustrations by Timoleon Marie Lobrichon. 8vo., stitched as issued in original illustrated wrappers. Paris: Phosphatine Falières, n.d. [ca. 1905].
The Portuguese edition of a charming "Abécédaire" which is not recorded in Gumuchian, or Osborne. The illustrations combine infants or children playing in or around letters of the alphabet, some of which are constructed from chairs, trees, lamps, bricks, ladders, diving boards, etc. The 12 colour-printed plates, with text in French and Portuguese, are executed after original designs by Timoleon Marie Lobrichon (1831-1914) who is "above all celebrated for his humorous portraits of children" (Benezit). The work was published by the Phosphatine Falières who also issued it with a French text, which is of equal rarity. In fine condition.
Item nr. 149590