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Les cris de Paris
1848. <i>Hand-Painted Lithograph Puzzles of the Street Vendors of Paris</i><br /><br />(PUZZLE.) Les cris de Paris. [Paris: Duru, 1848.]<br /><br />Illustrated box: 17.2cm x 23.5cm x 2.5cm. Three different puzzles, original blue paper dividers. Wear to the edges of the box, light spotting to the top of the box lid, tips of two puzzle pieces missing, tips of two others broken off but present, light wear to the puzzles from use. <br /><br />A lovely early children's game and a remarkable survival! A decorative box of three puzzles depicting <i>Les cris de Paris</i> in hand-colored lithographs. At this time in Paris, the streets were populated by numerous vendors hawking their wares. Known as <i>les marchands ambulants</i>, these street merchants would walk the streets from dawn to dusk and sing out to passersby to advertise their goods. The practice began in the Middle Ages and continued in Paris up to the First World War. Because this was prior to the automobile and motorized public transportation, the voices of the street hawkers were a prominent feature of public urban space, one which was often documented in art* as well as in children's literature. <br /><br />In the current <i>jeu de puzzle</i> (puzzle game), four different lithographed scenes are depicted, each hand colored in a multitude of colors: greens, blues, orange, red, pink, grey, brown, and purple. The first one is on the top of the box lid and it depicts three different hawkers: the <i>Etameur des Casseroles</i> (the person who tins the inside of copper pans and pots); <i>Du beau Chasselat à la livre</i> (a … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Ben Kinmont Bookseller [United States]
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