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GRANDVILLE, J. J.
Joseph Mery.
Les Etoiles.

Published
Paris: [n.d., 1849].
References
Ray, 'The Art of the French Illustrated Book, 200; Vicaire V col. 770
Plates
15
Binding/Size
M=4to
Value
0-5000
Published
Paris: [n.d., 1849].
Ref
159

FIRST EDITION. In original gilt-pictorial publisher's dark blue binding. Spine decoratively stamped in gilt, all edges gilt, original yellow coated endpapers. Minimal rubbing to extremities, occasional light foxing, few leaves slightly browned. Small bookseller's ticket on front pastedown. This work was posthumously published in fifty parts, (Granville died in 1847) first appearing in 1849. With hand coloured vignette title pages hand coloured portrait of Grandville and 12 hand coloured engraved plates. In the same vein as Les Fleurs Animees the engravings portray beautiful women adorned with stars with earthy scenes beneath them. Coloured plates in order: First Part. 1. Title page. 2. J.J. Granville. 3. L'Etoile du Berger. 4. La Belle Etoile. 5. L'Etoile du Soir. 6. La Mauvaise Etoile. 7. L'Etoile du Marin. 8. Une Planete et ses Satellites. 9. L'Etoile Filante. 10. Les Nebuleuses. 11. L'Etoile Fixe. 12. La Bonne Etoile. 13. L'Etoile du Matin. Second Part. 14. Title page. Astronomie des Dames. 15. Astronomie des Dames.