L'Empire des Légumes. Memoires de Cucurbitus Ier. Amédée Varin.
L'Empire des Légumes. Memoires de Cucurbitus Ier...
L'Empire des Légumes. Memoires de Cucurbitus Ier...
L'Empire des Légumes. Memoires de Cucurbitus Ier...
VARIN

L'Empire des Légumes. Memoires de Cucurbitus Ier...



VARIN
, Amédée. L'Empire des Légumes. Memoires de Cucurbitus Ier. Recueillis et mis en ordre par MM. Eugène Nus et Antony Meray. [4], 310 pp. Illustrated with an engraved frontispiece and 24 engraved plates, all coloured by a contemporary hand. 4to., 266 x 177 mm, bound in publisher's decorated polychrome cloth. Paris: Gabriel de Gonet, [1851].

First Edition. A superb copy in the rare publisher's polychrome binding. A delicately hand-coloured copy of the "Droleries Végétales," a masterpiece of nineteenth-century French book-illustration in the style of Grandville. The twenty-five plates depict various kinds of vegetables, including carrots, radishes, onions, beans and lettuce, that begin to walk and talk; several of these anamorphic beings assume human traits, with hilarious results. Witness the asparagus and artichoke fighting ("For too long we have been put in the same sauce; it is finally time to put our foot down!") or the Parliamentary Carrot ("Three hours on the witness stand without cracking"). The fine plates by Amédée Varin (1818-1883) and brilliantly conceived and executed. The first edition, with points: "Un ministre..." on line 1 of the last page. It is difficult to find a copy in the original polychrome binding and in such fine condition with just minumal foxing.

Carteret III, 218. Brivois 134-5. Vicaire VI, 245. Sander 537. Not in Ray.

Item nr. 168841
Price: $7,500.00

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