Paris et ses Ruines en Mai 1871 precede d'un coup-d'oeil sur Paris, de 1860 a 1870 et d'une introduction historique; monuments, vues, scenes historiques, descriptions, histoire. Dessins et lithographies par MM. Sabatier, Philppe Benoist, Jules David, Euge
Fournel, Victor, text; lithographs by Sabatier, Benoist et alia
Price: 400.00 USD
Paris: Henri Charpentier, Editeur, 1873. viii, 86p., twenty fullpage litho'd plates (complete run) in good shape, intact also as to text. Hardbound folio in 19.2x13 inch red cloth boards gilt, shows signs of a long-ago restoration to spine: relatively new red cloth (smooth) shows beneath the original red cloth (textured) along both joints and the head (head rim is entirely a restoration) with a bit more showing at tail rim. Boards are very edgeworn and somewhat grimy from handling and age. Cormer-tips show a lot of card. Hinges and endsheets (original yellow stock) are surprisingly good, the textblock is a little loose at some gutters but is fundamentally intact. Laid down on the back of the frontispiece is a very old seller's note in French, 5x4 inches, about 50 words of description. One plate is loose with slight edgewear to margins. The textpaper stock is acidic, toned, and feels fragile though looks okay. Plates are vivid; nine or so show burning buildings and the colors are red and orange on black. Ten plates are b&w on pale tint-blocks; and one (of the Exposition Universelle 1867) is a vast aerial panorama with some green and other tints. All litho'd colors and hand-work are applied expertly, nothing garish, nothing out of register. A fair-to-good copy (of the book in toto) without major flaws, with all plates without exception good.
- By This Author: Fournel, Victor, text; lithographs by Sabatier, Benoist et alia
- By This Publisher: Henri Charpentier, Editeur