Paris, London: Gihaut Frères, Villain, Charles Tilt.. Half Morocco. Very Good. Circa 1830. Folio, 35 by 26.5 cm. 48 hand-colored lithographed plates illustrating many manifestations of hypocrisy. The plates are numbered consecutively up to 36, at which point they jump to 49 and then continue consecutively up to 60, for a total of 48. As the three copies of this work found on OCLC First Search (Morgan, Neuchatel, Geneve) have at most 48 plates, and there is no evidence whatsoever that anything was excised from this book, it is our belief that the missing numbers were deliberately withdrawn, or are early versions of the final group of plates. Providing some circumstantial backing for this theory is that Plate No. 49, the first of the final group, depicts a crowd greeting Louis Philippe with "Vive le Roi!" after the July Revolution in which he rose to power. In any case, there is no title page, nor would there ever have been one, we believe, as this was essentially a collection of plates. Four of the early plates were lithographed by Villain. Almost all the plates, including one of the ones credited to Villain, are also marked by Gihaut, unless there are no names at all. Adding to the confusion or complexity of the printing is that Charles Tilt, the London publisher, is credited, along with Gihaut, on a number of the later ones. Abrasions and rubbing to the morocco. Soiling to the cloth boards. Scattered soiling to the margins, most evident on the first plate. Last plate with two paper repairs. Imagery is however uniformly bright and clean.
(Inventory #: 004960)
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