[Les étrennes Passe-Temps : Modèles de Croquis]

Scarce Color-Plate Book
With 30 Hand-Colored Lithographs Containing Over 150 Vignettes

ADAM, Victor. [Les étrennes Passe-Temps : Modèles de Croquis ]. Paris: chez Aubert / chez Aumont et chez Tessari, [c.1832-1840].

Album containing 30 hand-colored lithographed plates, heightened with gum arabic, each plate with 2 - 20 individual vignettes. Lithography by Lemercier. Three lithographs dated 1832 on the plate with Adam's signature.

Contemporary quarter green roan over green pebbled-paper boards. Gilt title "Passe-Temps] and author to upper board.

An extremely scarce album, with OCLC/KVK noting only four copies in libraries worldwide, at Zurich, BNF, Amsterdam, and Rochester (NY). The copy at Bibliotheque Sainte-Genevieve contains 180 plates; BNF copy contains 168 plates; the copies at Rochester, Amsterdam, and contain only twenty plates.

Jean Victor Adam, a French painter and lithographer, born at Paris in 1801, was the son of Jean Adam, an esteemed engraver. During the years 1814 to 1818 he studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, and also in the ateliers of Meynier and Régnault. In 1819 he exhibited 'Herminia succouring Tancred.' He was almost immediately afterwards employed to paint various subjects for the Museum at Versailles, amongst which are, 'The Entry of the French into Mainz,' 'The Battle of Varroux,' 'The Taking of Menin, 'The Battle of Castiglione,' 'The Passage of the Cluse,' 'The Battle of Montebello,' 'The Capitulation of Meiningen;' the last three in association with Alaux. He also exhibited down to the year 1838: 'Henry IV., after the Battle of Coutras,' 'Trait of Kindness in the Duke de Berri,' 'The Postillion,' 'The Vivandiere,' 'The Road to Poissy,' 'The Return from the Chase,' 'Horse-fair at Caen,' and numerous other subjects. He then retired from publicity, till 1846, when he appeared as the exhibitor of some works in lithography, to which branch of art he afterwards restricted himself. In this line he produced a lithographic album, 'Views in the Environs of Paris,' 'Studies of Animals for an edition of Buffon,' &c. He obtained a gold medal in 1824, a second class medal in 1836, besides several others from Lille, Douai, and other cities. He died at Viroflay in 1867.

Grand-Carteret p. 620. Item #02013

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