TAYLOR (J.), Ch. Nodier and A. de Cailleux.... - Lot 165 - Ferri & Associés

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TAYLOR (J.), Ch. Nodier and A. de Cailleux. Voyages pittoresques et romantiques dans l'ancienne France [Old Normandy]. Paris, Imprimerie Didot Ainé, Gide, Engelmann, 1820-1825. 2 large folio volumes (544 x 350mm). Long-grained red half-maroquin with corners, spines decorated in gold and cold, entirely untrimmed (Simier, relieur du Roi). First edition. "One of the first and most important French lithographic productions" (Brunet). 242 lithographs, on chine appliqué: I: 82 plates, including one plate numbered bis, and 7 sketches; II: 153 plates, including 2 plates numbered bis. List of subscribers. These lithographs are by Villeneuve, Hip. Lecomte, J. -B. Isabey, Carle et Horace Vernet, Géricault, Bonington (Rue du Gros-Horloge in Rouen - Eglise de St Gervais in Gisors - Tour du Gros-Horloge in Evreux... First collection of French heritage. Under the impetus of Charles Nodier, James Taylor and Alphonse de Cailleux, the Voyages pittoresques et romantiques project was a pharaonic undertaking: the complete collection comprises 24 volumes published by Firmin Didot between 1820 and 1878, covering all regions of France and featuring nearly 3,000 plates. Exploring the monuments of "Ancienne France", these Voyages are one of the first rehabilitations of Gothic art. This defense and illustration of architectural heritage, especially is at the heart of the Romantic aesthetic. Published in 39 issues, this Voyage, the first in the of the collection, is devoted to Haute-Normandie. Scattered, insignificant foxing, which is rare for this work, and small tears in the margins of a few leaves. Brunet, V, 684-685. -- Vicaire, VII-763. -- La Fabrique du Romantisme, Charles Nodier et les Voyages pittoresques, Musée de la Vie romantique, October 11, 2014-January 18, 2015. EXEMPLAIRE IN EXCEPTIONAL CONDITION, BINDED IN THE EPOQUE BY SIMIER, WITH THE CROWN CHIFFRE OF MARIE-CAROLINE, DUCHESSE DE BERRY and with the bookplate of the Château de Rosny (Cat. 1837, No1905). Boards 16 and 17 bis are here colored at the time. Joint: A precious album, bound in long-grained red half-maroq, gold thread and title on the spine: "Voyage romantique dans l'Ancienne France - Vignettes" (Contemporary binding). Extremely rare collection of 37 original lithographs used as vignettes or culs-de-lampe for Taylor and Nodier's "Normandie", printed separately on heavy white paper, before any typographical texts, mounted on tabs. Of particular note is a lithograph by Bonington: Eglise de Saint-Taurin, à Evreux (Curtis, 20), 1st state (of 2), before any text, and another by Géricault: "Guillaume le Conquérant rapporté après sa mort à l'Eglise de Boscherville (Delteil, 78), 1st state (of 2), before the master's name and text (3 proofs cited by Delteil). All these lithographs, executed and dated from 1819 to 1824, are admirable for the quality of their printing, and it is highly likely that this set, carefully bound at the time, came from the archives of the printer Engelmann. EXTREMELY RARE, IF NOT UNIQUE.
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