Les Contemporains Célèbres. Album Lefèvre-Utile. Première Série Portraits. Autographs. Notices Biographiques Illustrées des Célébrités Contemporaines.


Folio, 33 by 26 cm. Unpaginated. With pieces on Victorien Sardou, Sarah Bernhardt, François Coppée, Mme Edmond Adam, Anatole France, Mme la Duchesse D'Uzès, Jules Lemaître, Mme Réjane, Jules Claretie, Mme Segond-Weber, Jean Richepin, Marthe Brandès, Coquelin Aîné, Jeanne Granier, Jules Massenet, Aïno Ackté, Mounet-Sully, Jane Hading, J-L.Gérôme, Jane Hatto, Antonin Mercié, Marie Delna, Luc-Olivier Merson, Sibyl-Sanderson, F.-A. Bartholdi, Mme. Carrère-Xanrof, Alfred Capus and la Reine Ranavalo. With each, following a title page, two pages of biography (a portrait page, and a note biographique page, the former being more impressionistic, seeking to convey something of the personages character, charisma, and basis for renown, and the latter, more a straightforward, concise biography. Also on a glossy leaf is a photograph, surrounded by chromolithographed Art Nouveau decoration, and a facsimile (holograph) inscription and autograph. More exciting are the 14 caricature color plates by the artist Cappiello, including ones of Bernhardt, Coppée, Lemaître, Réjane, Claretie, Segond-Weber, Richepin, Brandès, Coquelin, Granier, Mounet-Sully, Hading, Delna, and Capus. The boards are of wood, with an inset medallions of Sarah Bernhardt in her role as "La Princesse Lointaine" after the illustration by Alphonse Mucha. With; publisher's slipcase. Condition: foxing on pages relating to Hatto. Otherwise, thoroughly clean within, and light wear to exterior. Slipcase with moderate shelfwear.

Title: Les Contemporains Célèbres. Album Lefèvre-Utile. Première Série Portraits. Autographs. Notices Biographiques Illustrées des Célébrités Contemporaines.

Author Name: Acker, Paul, writer of Portraits and Notices biographiques. Illustrations by Vogel. Ornamentation by d'Habert-Dys, Orazi and Fraikin. Cappiello

Categories: Theater, Color Plate Books, Caricature,

Edition: First

Publisher: Paris, Octave Beauchamp. Printer: G. de Malherbe: 1904

Binding: Hardcover. Cloth spines. Wood boards. Slipcases

Book Condition: Near Fine

Item lbs: 4.50 Item lbs

Seller ID: 006154