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PERLES ET PARURES [caption title] ... LES JOYAUX FANTAISIE ... MINÉRALOGIE DES DAMES PAR LE CTE FŒLIX [with:] LES PARURES FANTAISIE ... HISTOIRE DE LA MODE PAR LE CTE FŒLIX
Paris: G. de Gonet et al...& a Leipzig: Chez Charles Twietmeyer 1850. Paris: G. de Gonet [et al]...[&] a Leipzig: Chez Charles Twietmeyer, [1850].. Two volumes. [4],316pp. plus frontis and fifteen plates; [2],300pp. plus frontis and fifteen plates. Large octavo (27.5 x 18.7cm). Very handsome 20th century half tan morocco, raised bands, ruled in blind, lettered in gilt, and marbled boards, t.e.g., others rough-trimmed, with the original decorative pictorial rose-on- cream wrappers bound in. Occasional very minor foxing or dust-soiling, wrappers a trace soiled, with a couple of small edge mends, a handful of small creases or snags to the edges of the lace borders (see below), light rubbing to extremities, but a near fine, large, crisp set. First editions, in the most desirable form, with the texts printed on vélin, and with the frontispieces and plates (engraved by Geoffrey after Gavarni) delicately hand- colored. The plates are of particular interest, because in this format, they are printed on sheets with elaborate and delicate stencil-cut lace pattern frames and borders. The plates "are studies of beautiful women, fashionably attired for the most part, which were drawn in London. Méry wrote the 'fantasy' accompanying them to fit Gavarni's designs...[in] this special edition...Gavarni's designs become fashion plates of the first order" - Ray. "La réunion des deux ouvrages avec les gravures à marges de dentelles est assez rare à recontrer" - Carteret. RAY (FRENCH) 209a-210. CARTERET III:460-1. VICAIRE V:770-1.
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