Grandville, J.J. [pseudonym for Jean-Ignace-Isodore
Les fleurs animées. Texte par Alph. Karr, Taxile Delord and Le Cte. Foelix. Nouvelle édition avec planches très soigneusement retouchées pour la gravure et le coloris par M. Maubert …
Paris, Garnier, [ca. 1870?], new edition, 2 volumes, pp. [iii], 343, colour-frontispiece and 28 colour-plates; pp. [iii], 391, colour-frontispiece, 22 colour-plates and 2 lithographed plates with several figures to illustrate Botanique des dames; engraved initials and text-illustrations; 4to (182 x 277 mm), top-edges gilt, others uncut, half morocco with marbled boards and embossed, finely gilt-decorated spines with raised bands. Attractive set.
€ 1.300Beautiful and most extensive edition of this charming and famous work. At the end of the second volume: Botanique des dames (pp. 151-277) and Horticulture des dames (pp. 279-391). The 52 steel-engraved plates by Grandville are carefully hand-coloured and partly gommées. The real name of Grandville was Jean-Ignace-Isodore Gérard (1803-1847). … Of all his work, this is his most graceful fantasy: the fifty-two plates of court beauties in floral haute couture present a suite of fashionable tableaux redolent of the sentimental spirit of French Romanticism, at the end of the July Monarchy and in the predawn of the Second Empire. This briljant assembly of the Court of Flora has all the elements of Romantic ballet with its highly conventionalized poses, fanciful costumes, and magical settings. To these Grandville has playfully added attendant beetles, crickets, butterflies, moths, and caterpillars, those diminutive inhabitants of the garden, in variant agressive or sycophant roles (Wick, P.A.: The Court of Flora, 1981).
provenance: Library of the Belgian newspaper Le Soir (decorative library stamp on half-titles: Service bibliothèque Le Soir).