Bruxelles: Librairie Belge Francaise, 1840. Item #04093
With Twenty-Four Amusing Hand Colored Plates , All Heightened With Gum Arabic
Only Two Copies Located In Libraries and Institutions Wordwide
ADAM, Victor, illustrator. EYMERY, Alexis. Les Enfans de la Mère Gigogne. Bruxelles: Librairie Belge Francaise, .
First edition. Small quarto (5 11/16 x 5 1/2 inches; 145 x 140 mm.). [1-5], 6-130 pp. Hand colored frontispiece and twenty-three hand colored plates heightened with gum arabic, all with several images on one sheet. Title-page slightly trimmed at top and lower edges, some offsetting from text to plates.
Full contemporary brown calf, covers decoratively bordered in blind, title in gilt on front cover, smooth spine ruled and decorated in gilt in compartments, gilt board edges, marbled end-papers, top edge gilt. A very scarce book with just two copies worldwide located in OCLC: National Library of Scotland and Oxford University.
A fascinating little children's book with highly colored amusing plates showing the people and animals of various lands.
1. Les Pecheurs à La Ligne (frontispiece)
2. La Promenade du Dimanche (title-page)
3. Combat de Chiens / La Goutte / Le Malheureaux
4. Vous avez tort de ne pas acheter / Je vous dis de prendre garde au Loup /
En allant toujours comme ca, nous irons bien Ioin, va. / Alllons, monsieur, à l'école
5. Prends, mon mignon / Petit - Jaco? / Oui mademoiselle si vous etes sage / Vous avez tort ma commere?
6. Oui, c'est comme cela que l'on voyage / Je te dis que tu ne l'auras pas / Le Paralytique
7. L'Ecole / Les Petits Soldats / Bonne Maman
8. Les Enfants en récréation
9. Le Cheval de paysan / Le Chevrière
10. Les Écossais
11. La Marée / Papa-Gateau / Le Fileur de Chanvre / La Barque / Que fera-t-il / Le Départ
12. Le Grand-Papa
13. Georges et Colas, ou la Ferme
14. Le Vieux Soldat et la Vivandière
15. Le Faucheur et les Cosaques
16. Les Contrastes
17. La Mère nourrice et les Moissonneurs
18. Une Soirée chez Franconi
19. Les Aventures de Joseph le Mouleur
20. Les Militaires en Campagne
21. Le Curé de village et le Md. de Poissons
22. La Curiosité Episode du moyen age
23. Les Plaisirs de la Peche, ou Scènes Chinoises
24. Le Marabout
“Beraldi assigns between 7000 and 8000 designs to Victor Adam [1801-1865]…A Parisian by birth, he remained in the capital all his life, but this did not prevent him from drawing negroes, Turks, Chinese, and other peoples all over the world in his Paris studio. He was famous, indeed, as a faiseur de bonshommes, that is to say a specialist in adding groups of small figures to the foreground of architectural or landscape drawings by other artists…His immense production contains many amusing albums concerning the life of the time” (Ray, The Art of the French Illustrated Book, p. 194).
Jean Victor Adam (1801-1866) was a French painter and lithographer. Born in Paris he 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 1866.