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FRENCH PAINTS BY THEMSELVES (Les). Encyclopédie morale du 19e siècle (eight volumes, five for Paris, three for theProvince) - Le Prisme (one volume). Paris, Curmer, 1840-42.Set of nine volumes, large in-8, red half-maroquin with long grain and corners, spines decorated, untrimmed, illustrated covers and spine preserved (Mercier, sr de Cuzin). First edition.A steel-engraved portrait of Napoleon and eight frontispieces, 406 plates out of text, a coloured map and about 1,500 vignettes in the text, all wood-engraved after drawings by Gavarni, Eugène Lami, Grandville, Tony Johannot, Daumier, HenriMonnier, Meissonier, etc. The "most important publication of the Curmer editions" (Carteret, pp. 245-250) and one of the major works of the Romantic period.The following collaborated on the texts: Balzac, Jules Janin, E. de la Bédolière, Alphonse Karr, Soulié, Charles Nodier, Gozlan, etc.An exceptional copy, cited by Carteret, containing the plates in two states, black and delicately coloured at the time with gum highlights, as well as the very rare good general covers decorated with gold arabesques and coloured cartouches impeccably preserved, the whole in a remarkable state of freshness It also contains the two redone figures, Le Maître d' étude and Une femme à la mode, also in two states. The notice of the Canut is with the two texts, the one of the first printing and the one modified with the pagination error. In the Prisme, the texts on pages 11 to 16 are also in the first printing, with the very rare Correspondance d'un ancien brigadier, and in a modified reprint.Prospectus added at the end of volume III of the Province.From the libraries of Antoine Vautier (I, 1971, no. 67), with bookplate and collation note in pencil in his hand, and Dr. E.P. (1977, no. 100) Attached, separately:- Issues 51, 82 and 99 with their hors texte in black, in blue covers illustrated on the first cover with a large drawing by Gavarni (frontispiece of volume I); another drawing by the same, announcing Les Anglais peints par eux-mêmes, illustrates the second cover of issue 99. - A collection containing the first and/or second plates of a large number of issue covers printed on yellow paper (201 leaves in all), covers of great interest as giving a remarkable collection of the Correspondance des Français, texts addressed by the readers to the publishers and printed on these covers. The collection, later bound in half-basecloth, is titled Les Français. Mélanges. It also contains, bound at the top and printed on yellow paper, three publications by Curmer: Monsieur de Caradeu, by L. Roseval, title and 16 pages; Histoire des aventures de l' illustre chevalier baron de Munchausen, translated from the German by Burger, title and 63 pages; Histoire merveilleuse de Pierre Schlémihl, translated from the German by Adelbert de Chamisso, by N. Martin. The first and third of these texts are dated 1842.


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