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VARIN, AMEDÉE; NUS, EUGÈNE; MÉRAY, ANTONY - Les Papillons, Métamorphoses Terrestres Des Peuples de L'Air

Title: Les Papillons, Métamorphoses Terrestres Des Peuples de L'Air
Description: Paris: G. de Gonet, Éditeur, 1852. Thirty-Five Hand-Colored Engraved Plates Illustrating the "The People of the Air" [VARIN, Amedée, illustrator]. Les Papillons, métamorphoses terrestres des peuples de l'air par Amédée Varin, texte par Eug. Nus et Antony Méray Paris: G. de Gonet, Éditeur, [n.d. 1852]. First edition. Two octavo volumes (10 1/2 x 6 7/8 inches; 267 x 175 mm.).[iv], 232, [4]; [iv], 258, [1, verso blank], [1, verso blank], [2, blank] pp. Thirty-five delicately hand colored anthropomorphic plates with original tissue guards. Small expertly repaired 'gutter tear' just affecting inner margin of last plate and last few leaves. Some light scattered foxing, mainly marginal. Publisher's quarter dark green morocco over blind-bordered dark green pebbled cloth boards. Spines with four raised bands decoratively ruled and lettered in gilt in compartments, marbled endpapers. A near fine copy of this whimsical title.. The illustrations, reminiscent of Grandville's Les Fleurs animées (Paris: 1847), are by Amédée Varin (1818-1883), French draughtsman and painter, member of l'École française, who belonged to a dynasty of French artists. Varin took part in the preparation of the engravings for Les Fleurs animées (see Beaux livres illustrés français at http://www.citedulivre-aix.com/granvillelelee/presentation.htm). Other works by Amédée Varin include: L'Art industriel, recueil de dispositions et de décorations intérieures, comprenant des modèles pour toutes les industries d'ameublement et de luxe (Paris: 1839-1848), Le Trésor du fidèle (Paris: 1845), and L'Architecture pittoresque en Suisse [The Picturesque Architecture of Switzerland]; ou, Choix de constructions rustiques prises dans toutes les parties de la Suisse dessinées et gravées par A. et E. Varin (Paris: 1861). Carteret III, p. 492; Vicaire VI, col. 246. .

Keywords: Nus, Eugène Méray, Antony Books in French Illustrated Books Color-Plate Books

Price: US$ 2500.00 Seller: David Brass Rare Books (ABAA/ILAB)
- Book number: 04506

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