Paris: Aubert & Comp.ie Èditeurs…, . Item #04480
Twelve Hand Colored Lithograph Plates With 108 Images Depicting The History of France
ADAM, Victor. Histoire De France. En Tableaux, Suite de 108 Sujets représentant par ordre chronologique les principaux faits de l'histoire de ce pays, depuis Pharamond jusqu à nos jours. Composés et Lithographiès par Victor Adam accompagnès d'un texte explatif formant prècis historique sur chaque règne. Paris: Aubert & Comp.ie Éditeurs…, .
Oblong quarto (10 x 13 1/8 inches; 255 x 333 mm.). Twelve leaves of text, [1 advertisements], [1, blank] pp. Hand colored title-page and twelve hand colored lithograph plates, each with nine images, all with tissue guards.
Publisher's dark gray bead-grain cloth, front cover decoratively stamped and titled in gilt, rear cover decoratively stamped in blind. Front and rear free endpapers pasted to inside of covers. Some light water-staining to lower blank margins, otherwise excellent.
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.