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Six Quartiers de Paris.

Paris: [François Séraphin] Delpech, 1828.
Marie pp. 296-302. Melcher The Life and Times of Henri Monnier p. 21; Bobins III 975
Paris: [François Séraphin] Delpech, 1828.

EXTREMELY RARE. Monnier Only One Copy in Institutions Worldwide. A rare suite of six hand coloured lithographed plates (without the hand coloured lithographed title) otherwise complete as issued. Oblong quarto. Plate size: 10 x 13 1/8 inches (253 x 338 mm). Bound to contemporary style in full dark green morocco. Gilt ruled borders. Gilt panel. Gilt lettering and ornaments to spine. Restoration to lower corner of plate four otherwise a fine copy. For reasons unknown Ray identifies this suite as being by Eugene Lami despite the plates clearly identified as by Monnier; the only copy to come to auction in the last thirty-five years is also identified Lami as the artist. Melcher however correctly identifies the suite as Monnier's as does Marie (Marie Aristide. Henri Monnier 1799-1877. Paris 1931) and Champfleury Curiously the only copy in institutional holdings that in the Morgan Library belonged to Ray but though the note is under Lami's authorship the Responsibility detail in OCLC/RILN clearly states: par Monnier." "Between 1825 and 1827 Monnier passed much of his time in London?On his return to Paris he embarked on a series of albums in which he recorded the manners and humours of the city with unprecedented profusion. Between 1826 and 1830 he satisfied the insatiable demand for his designs with almost 500 lithographs nearly all of which were drawn with a pen and coloured by hand. For each design he himself coloured a master print and carefully supervised its subsequent preparation" (Ray p. 199). François Séraphin Delpech was a French lithographer mainly of portraits and costumes after his contemporaries. His portrait lithographs are in the collection of Britain's National Portrait Gallery and the Louvre. The colour plates in order: 1. Le Marais. 2. Quartier St. Denis. 3. Quartier de la Bourse. 4. Chaussée d'Antin. 5. Faubourg St. Honoré. 6. Le Faubourg St. Germain.