Paris: Chez Arnauld de Vresse, 1860. Item #02866
Children Satirize Bad Adult Behavior
MONTAUT, Henri de. Defauts et Vices. Composes par... Lithographies par Berr, Haguental & Fagonde. Paris: chez Arnauld de Vresse, n.d. [c. 1860].
Colored issue. Oblong folio (11 1/4 x 15 7/8 in; 285 x 403 mm). Twelve hand-colored lithographed plates with interleaves. Each plate is imprinted "chez Aubert," the renowned Parisian printmaking house who also issued the book with plain (tinted) lithographs.
Original cloth with blindstamped arabesque panel enclosing an elaborately gilt centerpiece with title within. One and a quarter inch rubbed spot to upper joint, otherwise a clean, bright and fine copy.
Scarce, with OCLC recording only one copy in institutional holdings worldwide, at Princeton. OCLC notes an Aubert edition of 1860 but does not record its location; KVK locates the Aubert edition at the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin. Extremely scarce in either edition.
The companion volume to Montaut's Vertus & Qualités. Charming period plates in the rococo style reminiscent of Boucher (1703-1770) illustrate children in Ancien Regime costume acting out various adult vices and defects in behavior and character, i.e., greed, envy, pride, pouting, anger, gluttony, etc. to beguiling comic effect.
Henri de Montaut (1825- c. 1890) was a caricaturist, writer and French illustrator. He was responsible, along with other artists such as Riou and Roux, for illustrations to the novels of Jules Verne. He was a contributor to Journal amusant, Journal pour rire, and La Vie parisienne, and editor-in-chief of Le Journal Illustré.
1. La Gourmandisel
3. La Colorel
4. La Taquineriel
5. La Bouderie
7. La Poltronneriel
11. La Malpropreté
12. Le Capagel.