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Les MÃ©tamorphoses du jour - GRANDVILLE, J.J. (pseud. of Jean-Ignace-Isidore - 1854. 
Paris: Gustave Havard, 1854. - Grandvilles Beast-Headed PeopleAn Excellent Copy in the Publisher's Pictorial Cloth[GRANDVILLE, J.J., illustrator]. Les MÃ©tamorphoses du jour. AccompagnÃ©es dun texte par MM. AlbÃ©ric Second, Louis Lurine, ClÃ©ment Caraguel, Taxile Delord, H. de Beaulieu, Louis Huart, Charles Monselet, Julien Lemer. PrÃ©cÃ©dÃ©es dune notice sur Grandville par M. Charles Blanc. Paris: Gustave Havard, 1854.First edition in book form. Large octavo (10 1/4 x 6 5/8 inches; 261 x 166 mm.). , XXVIII, 283, [1, blank] pp. Wood-engraved title vignette and seventy hand-colored wood-engraved plates after drawings by Grandville.Publisher's dark brown ribbed cloth, covers decoratively bordered and stamped in blind, front cover pictorially stamped in gilt and colors and lettered in gilt, rear cover pictorially stamped in gilt and colors. Spine decoratively stamped and lettered in gilt and colors, yellow coated end-papers, all edges gilt, small rectangular bookplate on front paste-down. Light rubbing to joints, gilt on spine very slightly dulled. Some foxing throughout, mainly to text, the colored plates fresh and bright, a few with minimal marginal foxing. An excellent copy of the most famous work by this master of "bitter burlesque" (Ray, p. 198).These famous drawings of beast-headed people, "which established Grandvilles early style of bitter burlesque" (Ray, p. 198), first appeared in an album of hand-colored lithographs printed by LanglumÃ© in 1829 (and reprinted in 1836). This 1854 edition is the first to include the accompanying text."Lust, gluttony, anger, and the other deadly sins are stigmatized, now with the blow of a hammer, now with the thrust of a stiletto; while the foibles and humors of mankind also receive due attention. Throughout the series Grandvilles choice of beast-heads is inspired; and the force of his conceptions and the wit of his captions rarely falter" (Ray, p. 198).Ray, The Art of the French Illustrated Book, 132 (describing the 1829 edition). Vicaire, V, cols. 783-787. [Attributes: First Edition]
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