Paris: Maison Martinet, 1860. Item #05225
Pinch Me, I'm In the Country!!
Now, Get Me Out of Here
The Scarcest Cham of All?
CHAM (pseud. of Amédée de Noé). Pincez-moi a la campagne!! Paris: Maison Martinet, n.d. [c. 1860].
First (only) edition. Folio (13 3/8 x 10 in; 339 x 254 mm). Hand-colored lithographed title and twenty hand-colored lithographed plates containing eighty-six humorous scenes with captions. Lithography by Ch. Fernique.
Publisher's red pebbled cloth over boards with blind-stamped borders, lettered in gilt on front cover. Extremities of binding a little rubbed. A near fine example with the hand coloring bright and fresh and the bare minimum of occasional foxing.
Of Amédée de Noé, ”known as Cham (that is, Ham, the son of Noah)…it was said that he had ‘an idea a day’ for Le charivari. A good proportion of his thousands of lithographs were gathered into albums. His contributions to the Album du siège (173), in which Daumier was his collaborator, are typical of his work” (Ray, The Art of the French Illustrated Book, pp. 155-156).
In the ninety-eight years (since 1923) that ABPC has been recording auction results not a single copy of this work has fallen under the hammer. All albums by Cham are scarce; the volume under notice is extremely so. Only eight copies survive in institutional holdings worldwide.
The gently amusing trials of an urban gentleman preparing for a vacation in the French countryside and the hilarious tribulations once he arrives. In essence, Woody Allen leaves Manhattan for the Catskills and copes with nature and rural life.