GAVARNI, Sulpice-Guillaume Chevallier, dit

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GAVARNI, Sulpice-Guillaume Chevallier, dit
From life.
Text by Jules Janin, Paul de Saint-Victor, Edmond Texier, Edmond and Jules de Goncourt. First [-fourth] decade. Paris, Morizot, [1858 ?]. 4 parts in 1 folio volume (387 x 275 mm) of 2, 16 pp. 9 plates (1-9) lithographed for part I; 2, 16 pp. 10 plates (10-19) lithographed for part II; 2, 15 pp. 10 plates (20-29 lithographed) for part III; 2, 16 pp. 11 plates (30-40) for part IV. Black percale, top board decorated with a mosaic of coloured papers (green, red, and blue) and gilt, smooth spine, gilt edges (publisher's binding).
Ray, 159.
First edition of Gavarni's last important series of caricatures. A complete copy of the 40 plates. Each title is decorated with a different vignette.
"The plates are among the most penetrating and compassionate of his career. A woman of the people tells her son with disgust: 'You are good for nothing; make yourself an artist' (pl. 15).
"An orgy" (pl. 26) shows an elderly bibliophile avidly searching through the 50 centimes box of a Seine bookstall... Each [of the four parts] has its accompanying essay, that by Edmond and Jules de Goncourt in volume four being a classic of appreciative criticism" (Ray).
Smudges; spines cracked.
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