GRANDVILLE, J.J. Voyages de Gulliver dans des Contrées Lointaines par Swift. , xxxii, 450 pp. Illustrated 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, bound in publisher's polychrome cloth binding. Paris: Garnier Fréres, 1852.
Fourth? Edition with Grandville's illustrations, containing 450 original wood-engraved vignettes which comprise some of his best work, preserved in it's original polychrome binding. "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. Copies in the publisher's polychrome bindings are rare. Overall in excellent condition.
Ray, Art of the French Illustrated Book 192. Beraldi VII, 206. Brunet V, 603. Vicaire VII, 717. Carteret III, 578.
Item nr. 168570