1837. first edition. A Collection of Twelve Exceedingly Rare Daumier hand Colored Lithographs[DAUMIER, Honoré]. [PHILIPON, Charles], illustrators. Caricaturana [and] Histoire Ancienne. Paris: Chez Aubert, [1837-1843]. Large quarto (average size: 13 3/4 x 10 3/8 inches; 350 x 264 mm.). Twelve original hand colored lithograph plates.Contemporary quarter maroon morocco over marbled boards, spine ruled and lettered in gilt, marbled end-papers.A fine selection from two of Honoré Daumier's finest and rarest works.The plates:CARICATURANA:DR. 394. "Mon dieu ! Monseigneur, je suis forcé de partir pour la campagne " (My God! Monseigneur, I am forced to leave for the countryside ) DR. 405. "Abus de larticle 214 du code civil" (Abuse of article 214 of the civil law) DR. 413. "Exploitation de lamitié" (Exploiting Friendship)DR. 421. "Tu vas porter cette note aux journaux" (Take this message to the paper)DR. 432. "L'artiste Robert Macaire" (Robert Macaire, Artist)DR. 435. "Robert Macaire actionnaire" (Robert Macaire shareholder)HISTOIRE ANCIENNE:DR. 933. "L'Education D'Achille" (Education of Achilles)DR. 942. "Bon Mot Du Temps" (A Proverb from the Period)DR. 943. "Jeunesse D'Alcibiade" (Alcibiade's Youth)DR. 949. "Hercule Dompté par L'Amour" (Hercules Tamed by Love)DR. 957. "Le Sauvetage D'Arion" (Rescue of Arion)DR. 973. "Le Mort de Sapho" (Sappho's Death)There are only two copies of Caricaturana located in libraries and institutions worldwide (The Morgan Library, NY and The Getty, CA).There is only one copy of Histoire Ancienne located in libraries and institutions worldwide (The Bibliotheque Nationale de France).CARICATURANA is a series consisting of 100 numbered lithographs (DR. 354-455), which appeared in the Charivari between August 20, 1836 and November 25, 1838. All 100 prints of the series Caricaturana were published sur blanc as an album under the title "Les Robert Macaires" in 1838 and offered to collectors. The black and white album cost 45 francs, while the colored version was offered at 55 francs. HISTOIRE ANCIENNE is a series consisting of 50 numbered lithographs (DR. 925-974), which appeared in the Charivari between December 1841 and January 1843. Between December 1841 and January 1843, Honoré Daumier in the Charivari published a series devoted to ancient history: fifty plates to antique themes, seventeen of which illustrating the Iliad, the Odyssey and Telemachus of Fenelon. "Alone, without scientific mission, Daumier traveled Greece, drawing where a beautiful feeling attached him, crying where a touching tradition was waiting. Drawing day and night, he finally found the original Greek sense." says the satirical newspaper. The cartoonist wants to infuse "life, movement, privacy, anything that lacked" the Greek hero petrified by ancient sculpture. Some illustrations, comic relief, reminiscent of Greek tombstones Daumier modernized by the effects of perspective or shortcuts. For each board, a comment from a few to a "translation" of Homer crazy, "light poetry", underline the ironic look worn by Daumier on antiquity (Inventory #: 03661)
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