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Jacques de Grasset de Saint-Sauveur. Encyclopédie des voyages, Contenant
l’abrégé historique des moeurs, usages, habitudes domestiques, religions, fêtes,
supplices, funérailles, sciences, arts, et commerce de tous les peuples. Europe
(I-II), Asie (III), Afrique (IV), Amérique (V).
(Paris): chez l’Auteur; chez Deroy,
Libraire; chez les principaux Libraires de la République, 1796. 72 parts divided into
five quarto volumes, bound in four, early nineteenth-century full vellum with central
arabesques tooled in blind. Four engraved frontispieces and 434 engraved plates
depicting the peoples of the world, hand-colored and heightened in gold. $24,000.
Complete first edition of this hand-colored encyclopedia of the peoples of five
continents, an ambitious Enlightenment-era survey of the known world. French
diplomat Jacques Grasset recorded the customs and costumes of each local
population, from the provinces of France through increasingly remote civilizations,
concluding with the latest discoveries in the NewWorld. The lasting appeal of the
work lies in the hundreds of vividly hand-colored plates, framed as glimpses into
everyday life: a turbaned Moor with his camel, Bohemian peasants toasting in a
tavern, a Senegalese warrior carrying both spear and gun, an Indian
with parasol and hookah, a Caribbean drummer and dancers, a French housewife
surrounded by her pets, a Chinese Buddhist monk, an Indonesian astride an
elephant, Turkish women enjoying the baths, a group of young Russians sledding.
Text in French. A spectacular extra-illustrated set, in a handsome early binding.
George Barbier (illustrator). Falbalas & Fanfreluches: Almanach des Modes,
Présentes, Passées et Futures.
Paris: Jules Meynial, 1922-1926. Five octavo almanacs,
original pictorial wrappers, twelve pages of letterpress text and twelve loose pochoir plates
in each almanac. Set housed in a custom slipcase and box of wood, leather, and marbled
paper. $11,500.
First and only edition of French illustrator George Barbier’s masterpiece,
Falbalas & Fanfreluches
, one of 600 copies, complete with sixty vibrant
plates. Barbier’s brilliant eye for color, lively historical imagination, and expertly
controlled line made him one of the most sought-after artists of his day: he
designed costumes for the Folies Bergère and the Ballets Russes, covered the
latest styles for
Journal des Dames et des Modes
Gazette du Bon Ton
, and produced
advertising for Renault and Cartier. In this series of five almanacs, issued from 1922
to 1926, Barbier finally enjoyed complete artistic control. Light literary content is
provided by a series of stylish Parisiennes, including novelist Colette and actress
Cécile Sorel, but the primary appeal of the work lies in Barbier’s iconic
plates, each requiring up to thirty stencils to achieve his characteristically rich
colors. His theme is romance, past and present: from secret liaisons in distant
lands to the open flirtations of the Jazz Age, all presented with a sympathetic
wink. Some of the most famous plates include his interpretations of the Seven
Deadly Sins, featuring Proust-reading opium smokers in “La Paresse” and
champagne-toasting restaurant diners in “La Gourmandise.” Text in French.
A landmark of Art Deco illustration.
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