With Yuletide cheer we are featuring a selection of nineteenth and twentieth century illuminated manuscripts. It was during the febrile 1800s that an appreciation of Gothic design and the artistry of the Middle Ages came to full fruition, and both professional artists and gifted amateurs strove to capture the beauty of illumination in books and other artwork. Also, the new form of color printing known as chromolithography was especially well-suited to recreating the richness of the ancient art form.
Our fair schedule resumes in the New Year with the San Francisco Antiquarian Print & Paper Fair on February 1st and 2nd at the Fort Mason Center and the California International Antiquarian Book Fair beginning the following Thursday in Pasadena. More details will follow.
Title Dix Nouvelles Morales et Illustrees Par Les Auteurs et Dessinateurs de la Morale en Images
Binding Blindstamped cloth
Book Condition Very Good
Publisher Paris Chez Aubert
Seller ID 001642
N.d., circa 1840. 80 pp. With ten color plates. Small 4to, 10 by 6.5 inches, 25 by 17 cm. This book is extremely scarce, and it should be noted that the same title was used with different stories and illustrations than appeared in this version, and also the plates were not always colored. The ten tales contained in this copy are "Les Dix-Neuf Pots de Confitures" by Eugenie Foa, "Les Deux Amies" by T. Castellan, "La Jeune Orgueilleuse" by T. Castellan, "La Bergamote" by Eugenie Foa, "La Femme du Contrebandier" by T. Castellan, "Le Couvent de Sainte-Croix" by T. Castellan, "L'Orpelin de Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde" by Eugenie Foa, "La Muette de Riva-Rocca" by T. Castellan, "Papaya le Creole" by T. Castellan and "L'Enfant Prodigue" by T. Castellan. The green cloth of the blindstamped binding has some soiling. Its gilt remains bright. Light foxing and soiling within. Images of plates generally clean.