N.d., circa 1840. Slim folio, 33 by 24.5 cm. Title page, with brown tinting and gilt lettering of title, followed by 20 numbered hand-colored plates, each with three to five humorous illustrations, all of which are accompanies by a caption. Following the color plates, which are all made from a more sustantial paper stock, there is an Aubert catalogue, with a title leaf and 14 pages following. This catalogue is itself of considerable utility to the collector of illustrated books of the era. Charles Jacque (1813-1894), the artist, was a part of the Barbizon School. As such, he is best known for his paintings of animals and rustic subjects. He was also active as a book illustrator, and as this work demonstrates, could be versatile in terms of style and subject matter. Jacque did serve in the French army for seven years, where he learned to engrave maps, and manifestly found plenty of material for levity resulting in this work. This caricature book is scarce -- three copies located on OCLC First Search, these at West Point, CSU Long Beach and Brown. Curiously not in the BNF online catalogue! Half morocco binding more modern. Condition: some sunning of the upper portion of the cover, with a distinct break in the color on the spine leather resulting. Title heavily foxed, with light foxing to a few plates afterward.