Delacroix and Ingres in etchings, and in publisher‘s luxury binding, 1884

Victor FOURNEL: LES ARTISTES FRANÇAIS CONTEMPORAINS. With 10 plates, whereof 8 etchings.Tours: 1884. Luxury Binding.

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Victor FOURNEL: LES ARTISTES FRANÇAIS CONTEMPORAINS. Peintres – Sculpteurs. With 10 plates, where of 8 etchings and 2 photogravure after works by DELACROIX, INGRES and others as well as 176, partly full-paged and mainly wood engraved illustrations after works by 53 artists.Tours: Mame (Berthiault [etchings and photogravure]) 1884.

4to. XI [1], 544 pages. Original publisher's luxury binding made of fully grained ruby red morocco leather over wooden boards on 5 raised bands, decorative front board with gilt framing and black and green intarisa showing the monogram »LG«, boards, all edges and spine of binding with gilt lines and framework partly incorporating floral themes, gilt title on spine as well as multicolour marbled endpapers.

Luxury copy of the 1st edition of this comprehensive and richly illustrated account on French art during the first half of the 19th century, scrupulously compiled and written by historian and literary critic Victor Fournel.

Illustration: Most remarkable are the plates with 8 high-quality etchings by renown graphic artists Félix Bracquemond, Eugène-André Champollion, Léopold Flameng, Claude Ferdinand Gaillard, Jules Jacquemart, Maxime Lalanne and Paul Rajon after paintings or drawings by Alexandre-Gabriel Decamps, Eugène Fromentin, Henri Regnault and most notably Eugène Delacroix (»Héliodore«, bound in as frontispiece) and Ingres (»Portrait de femme« and »Oedipe«), as well as 2 photogravures after works by Charles Gleyre and Paul Gavarni (a previously unreleased drawing). All of the plates are printed on thick machine mould paper and protected by tissue paper. A stunning series of 176, partly full-paged text illustrations, mainly consisting of wood engravings of drawings, well executed by dozens of drawers and engravers after works by 53 artists are completing this broad visual experience.

Binding: Present copy is skilfully bound in full morocco with rich gold tooling and leather intarsia, i.e. the rare luxury variant of at least three different bindings offered by the publisher Alfred Mame. Usually offered are copies with pictorial cloth cover or bound in half-morocco, the latter with different gilt ornaments on the spine. The monogram »GL« or »LG« - not attributable by me - may have been a bonus by the publisher or the bookbinder to the former subscriber, who ordered this luxury copy of the book.

Condition: Cornes and edges very in parts very slightly worn, otherwise crisp copy, many of the pages still uncut. A collectable item indeed. - APO shows only 1 single copy at auction in the last 30 years.

Reference: Vicaire III, 774f. (no notes about the binding variants).

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Weight 4 kg