Magnificently illustrated and hand-colored "nouvelle édition" of Grandville's splendid work re-imagining flowers as stylish Parisian women.
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Grandville's plates are justly famous for their unusual combination of mid 19th-century whimsy and stunningly modern undercurrent, with a pipe-smoking beetle observing a frond-clad Mimosa Pudica, two pink blossom-ornamented Hawthorns pull away from a shark-like pair of garden shears, and many more wondrously imaginative plates. Fashion, art, and botany meld in the execution of these images, wherein women show off garments fantastically shaped by scientifically accurate flowers. A bright and beautiful copy of this resurrected edition of Grandville's famous women flowers, with the plates retouched for engraving and coloring by M. Maubert.
Paris: Garnier Frères, 1867. 2 quarto volumes, each 10.5'' x 6.75''. Original quarter green goatskin, green cloth boards, raised bands, gilt-ruled spines and red and brown goatskin spine labels. Marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. Text by Alph. Karr, Taxile Delord, and Le Cte. Foelix. Half titles present, additional pink-printed engraved title pages. Index at rear of both volumes and supplements BOTANIQUE DES DAMES and HORTICULTURE DES DAMES at rear of volume II. Illustrated with 2 hand-colored engraved title pages (after the printed titles) and 50 full-page hand-colored plates of anthropomorphized flowers, one additional full-page plate before HORTICULTURE DES DAMES, and black-and-white pictorial initials and vignettes throughout. 339, ; 324,  pages. Faint rubbing and wear to bindings, with rear joint of volume II a bit tender. Vol I free endpaper carefully trimmed at fore-edge, with some chipping to following fly leaf; a section or two of wear on endpapers; text blocks generally clean with occasional instances of foxing and a faint dampstain to the top corner only of first few leaves of volume I.
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