GRANDVILLE, J.J. Les Etoiles. By Joseph Mery. , xvi, 252; , 186,  pp. Illustrated with 15 hand-coloured engravings. 8vo., 255 x 176 mm, bound in publisher's elaborately gilt decorated cloth binding. Paris: G. de Gonet, .
A fine copy of this charming work, Grandville's last book of illustrations. It actually consists of two parts, each having its own title-page, but the parts are always found together. There are fifteen steel engravings by Grandville, all with delicate original hand-coloring. Despite occasional minimal foxing, the impressions are clean--an unusual state for French books of this type from this period.
"The compositions of the `last fairy-tale,' brilliantly engraved on steel by Charles Geoffroy and delicately colored, form a fitting memorial to Grandville. They show that his powers remained unimpaired to the end of his short career" (Ray). A wonderful fresh copy, in a dazzling example of the publisher's binding, rare thus.
Ray, French 200.
Item nr. 167498