SPL Hand Coloured Rare Book Collection Featuring Norman R Bobins

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LAMI, Eugène.
Henry Monnier.
La Vie de château. [First and Second Series].Twenty Charming Hand-Coloured Lithographs of French Upper Class Country Life.

Paris: Chez Gihaut frères, éditeurs, [n.d., 1828-1833]
Ray; The Art of the French Illustrated Book p. 203). Lemoisne Lami p. 383. Rahir; La Bibliothèque de l'amateur p. 362. Bobins II 534.
Paris: Chez Gihaut frères, éditeurs, [n.d., 1828-1833]

Two parts in one oblong folio volume (10 9/16 x 14 3/4 inches; 269 x 374 mm.). Lithographed title (bound before the second series) and twenty numbered hand-coloured lithographed plates. All plates mounted on guards. With seven additional plates laid in (plate Nos. 1-6 of the first series including two copies of plate No. 6). Contemporary quarter burgundy hard-grain morocco over marbled boards with green parchment tips. Spine ruled in gilt and blind and lettered in gilt in compartments. Marbled endpapers. Original green lithographed front wrapper bound in. Spine faded. Prelims toned. Small paper repair (measuring approximately 7/8 x 1 1/8 inches) in the lower blank margin of the lithographed title. In the first series plate No. 3 has a tiny hole in the inner blank margin not affecting image; plate No. 10 is lightly foxed and has a tiny tear (1/4 inch) in the lower blank margin. In the second series plate Nos. 3, 8 and 10 are slightly browned. Of the additional plates laid in, plate No. 1 has several short marginal tears and is strengthened in the outer and lower right margin Nos. 2 and 5 are reinforced in the inner margin. An excellent copy. This elegant and brilliant painter devoted much of his time to lithography between 1817 and 1833. The son of an Empire bureaucrat [Lami] grew up in Paris. Beginning in 1815 he studied painting with Horace Vernet and afterwards in the studio of Baron Gros. To support himself he made lithographs for several albums including in 1822 a 'Collection des uniformes des armées françaises de 1791 à 1814't. After Lami gained recognition as a painter he became a frequenter of the fashionable world which he rendered with sympathy and brio. His chief albums of this kind are the charming 'Vie de chateau', published in two series in 1828 and 1833 and the 'Quadrille de Marie Stuart'. Coloured plates in order: Part 1. 1. La Traverse. 2. L'arrivee des Lettres et des Tournaux. 3. La Matinee. 4. Une visite au Village. 5. Les Voisins de Campagne. 6. Les Amateurs de Paysage. 7. Une visite dans le voisinage. 8. La. Chasse au Sanglier (l'attaque). 9. Les Contes de vevenants. 10. Les Amusements nocturnes. Part II. 1. L'arrivee. 2. La promenade après diner. 3. La noce de la fille du fermier. 4. Les anglais du voisinage. 5. Norte-Dame de Paris. 6. La Course en Sac. 7. La marine de la Cruelle. 8. La fils du fermier. 9. Causeries du soir. 10. Le depart pour la promenade.