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[Petite galerie dramatique
ou recueil des differentes costumes d'acteurs des theâtres de la capitale]. [Paris, Martinet, 1796-1843].
1843. 10 vols. 8vo. Contemporary marbled boards. Labels with title and shelf number in ink pasted on spine. With 1602 (of 1636) hand-coloured full-page engraved plates (8 folding). Fine set of beautifully hand-coloured plates of theatrical costumes. The often humorous plates scenically portray the most important Parisian actors and actresses of the early 19th c. and are of great interest to theatre history. The plates were published separately over a period of almost 50 years. "Ein vollständiges Exemplar von 1636 Tafeln is daher äusserst selten" (Lipperheide). The present copy contains 1602 out of the original 1636 engraved plates. Wants plates 520-21, 525, 550-51, 557, 616-619, 794, 1020-1039, 1636 and the preliminary matter, which were added to the last issue. Plates 520-21, 525, 550-51 and 557 are supplied from another work. Vol. 4 has two extra plates, numbered 611bis and 614bis; vol. 5 contains 8 extra lithographed plates and one engraved plate from another work; 7 folding plates are double-numbered. The total 1619 plates are mostly engraved by Maleuvre after Joly, Carle, Duplessi, Foisil, Dubois, Merle, Chaponier etc., some with musical scores. A fine set, with some plates misbound; plate 793 somewhat soiled; vols. 3 & 5 mixed with plates from other works; without the prelims; spine vol. 10 slightly damaged. A set with this number of plates is exceptionally rare: most copies on the market and in libraries internationally consist of only 4 or 5 volumes. Although unmarked, the present set comes from the library of Duke Max of Bavaria (1808-88), father of Elisabeth of Au … [Click Below for Full Description]
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