Les Bigarrures de l'esprit humain [and] Les Betises

Two Very Attractive French Caricature Albums With Twenty Superb Hand-Colored Plates

BOURDET, Jules Joseph Guillaume. Les Bigarrures de l'esprit humain [running title] . Paris: Hautecoeur Martinet, [ca. 1830].

Small oblong quarto (9 7/8 x 13 7/8 inches; 251 x 352 mm.). Twelve superbly hand colored lithographed plates after Bourdet printed by Lemercier, each with series title above and caption beneath, numbered 1-12. Some marginal soiling and spotting, top (9/16 inch) margin of plate 8 cut short, not affecting running title or image.

Bound ca. 1920 in half red morocco (stamp-signed "The Lakeside Press / Chicago" on rear turn-in) over gray cloth boards decoratively ruled in gilt. Front cover with rectangular red morocco label bordered and lettered in gilt. Smooth spine lettered in gilt, pale gray endpapers. Bookplate of Joel Spitz on front paste-down. Housed in an olive green cloth slipcase.


BOURDET, Auguste. [Les Bétises]. A collection of eight hand colored lithographed plates. [Paris]: Aubert, Gal. Vero-Dodat, [c. 1830].

Small oblong quarto (10 11/16 x 12 1/8 inches; 272 x 308 mm.). Eight hand-colored lithographed plates after Bourdet, all cut down and mounted on tan card, plate size 7 3/4 x 8 15/16 inches; 196 x 228 mm. These plates originally appeared in Le Charivari.

Early twentieth century red cloth over boards, dark green morocco spine label lettered in gilt.

An attractive collection of humorous plates by Jules Joseph Guillaume BOURDET (1799-1869), who was both a master painter and lithographer. A student of Gros, he exhibited at the Paris Salon annually between 1833 and 1849. But died drunken and penniless in the atelier of a fellow artist. The second album contains eight humorous plates by Auguste BOURDET (d. 1877).

Provenance: purchased from Hinterberger, Vienna, 25 June 1936. Item #03319

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