Title Album with a Collection of Scarce Satirical Pellerin Broadsides, Neatly Broken into Four Strips Each, from the Mid-19th Century.
Book Condition Very Good
Edition First Edition presumed of individual pieces
Publisher Épinal Imprimerie de Pellerin, possibly others 1850s
Seller ID 005593
Delightful and whimsical send-up primarily of military life, the Crimean War, but also a whimsical depiction of acrobats and some other subjects. This album was compiled more or less contemporaneously with the issuance of them, as noted in a handwritten note mounted onto the first leaf's verso. Oblong, 18 by 44 cm. 48 hand-colored mounted panels, often highlighted with extra gilt, coming from twelve Pellerin broadsides. The original broadsides each had four lines, and thus what we have here is a dozen complete broadsides, with the presentation modified for this album. The broadside strips are 11 by 33 cm, and they are mounted on both sides of the blue leaves. Pellerin issued these kind of strips in three formats: black and white, hand-colored, and hand-colored with extra gilt, the third being the most expensive and desirable. The title of the broadsides are "A Propos des Russes", “Scènes Diverse du Siège de Sébastopol”, No. 1 and No. 3, “Messieurs les Cosaques”, “Les Bourgeois de Sébastopol”, “Les Français dans Sébastopol”, “L’Avenir des Russes”, “Les Distractions Militaires”, “La Guerre de Crimée”, “Les Inventeurs et les Inventions”, “Le Juif-Errant et les Russes”, and “Les Saltimbanques. The Tumblers”. Scarce, with the BNF not having most of the broadsides, according to its catalogue, Gallica. (Among those we couldn't locate at the BNF were "A Props des Russes", "L'Avenir des Russes", "Le Juif-Errant", "Les Bourgeois de Sebastopol," "Les Inventeurs", "Scenes Diverses . . . " and "Les Distractions Militaires". The hand-written note mentioned above is in French, dated 1947, and is from a father to his son. The father speaks of Pellerin and how such broadsides were issued during his own childhood, which spanned from 1872 to 1890. He also speaks to their scarcity, especially of the gilt-infused ones, and how much they cost back in the day. Moderate wear to the binding.