//, Literature, Books/[Gustave Droz]. Un été à la campagne. — S.l.: s.n., 1868 [i.e. Paris: s.n., 1926].

[Gustave Droz]. Un été à la campagne. — S.l.: s.n., 1868 [i.e. Paris: s.n., 1926].

Softcover, 228 x 180 mm, tan French flapped wrappers with red lettering to front[1-4, owner’s glassine dustcover, top edge trimmed, printed on thick wove paper without a watermark; pp.: ffl [1-4 h.t., t.p.] 5-154 [2 blanks] colophon to back ffl recto, plus 12 plates with hand-coloured lithographs, extraneous to collation. Pencil and pigment drawing to h.t. signed “J. D’A” with gift manual inscription “A Monsieur et Madame Chalamel [sic] ce tardif mais sincère souvenir de sympathie”, signed “J et Y D’A.” Etching bookplate to front ffl recto: “EX LIBRIS PIERRE CHALLAMEL | JE FONCE DANS LE BROUILLARD”, signed “J A M” (Jean-Adrien Mercier). The signature J. D’A stands for Jean d’Angers, while Y D’A stands for Jean-Adrien’s wife Yvonne (1902—1999), nicknamed Zizi; they married in 1927.

According to J.-P. Dutel, the stated illustrator of this edition, Jean d’Angers is indeed Jean-Adrien Mercier. The text belongs to Gustav Droz and, possibly, Auguste Poulet-Malassis.

Limitation: the book was printed for subscribers in 30 copies on Japon Impériale paper (№№ 1-30) and 250 copies on vélin du Marais paper (№№ 31-280). This copy bears № 123 and was presented as a gift by the artist and his wife to Pierre Challamel.

Title-page (red and black): POUR SERVIR | A L’HISTOIRE | DE NOS MŒURS | UN ÉTÉ | A LA CAMPAGNE | CORRESPONDANCE DE DEUX JEUNES PARISIENNES | RECUEILLIE PAR UN AUTEUR A LA MODE | MDCCCLXVIII ||

Catalogue raisonné: Dutel III № 2546; honesterotica.

Provenance: Pierre Challamel (French, 20th century)

Contributors:

Gustave Droz (French, 1832 – 1895) – author (presumable).

Auguste Poulet-Malassis (French, 1825 – 1878) – author (presumable).

Jean-Adrien Mercier (French, 1899 – 1995) – artist.

Micro photo of the lithography:

Micro photo of the original drawing:

SKU: LIB-3268.2023 Categories: , ,

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