ca. 1850s · London
Children's fables both rhymed and unrhymed, presented with notable wood engravings after designs by a highly influential French caricaturist known for his politically driven and proto-Surrealist work. Jean Ignace Isidore Gérard (1803–47), better known by his pseudonym => J.J. Grandville, provided 16 black and white engraved plates for this anthology, including a frontispiece depicting Death as a swaggering skeleton in a feather-tipped hat. His illustrations often featured => anthropomorphic animals with impressively human-like expressions, which he used to represent the bourgeois of Paris prior to the passage of caricature censorship laws in 1835. He continued producing the popular half-animal, half-human characters when he turned to book illustration, as seen in this volume.
Provenance: From the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.
=> Searches of WorldCat could not locate any institutional copies. Publisher's red bead-textured cloth, spine with gilt lettering and decoration, front board with large central cartouche bearing a gilt urn with flowers and foliage and floral corner decorations in blind; rear board identical without gilt ornament, all edges gilt. Binding a little rubbed with corners lightly bumped, spine darkened, and small darkened areas on front board; interior and endpapers lightly age-toned, with a minor gutter crack and a few unobtrusive spots of foxing to a few plates and pages. A pleasure to read and admire; sturdy with stunning, frequently funny illustrations. (Inventory #: 38442)