Paris: A Lévy Fils, Libraire-Éditeur, 1862. Item #05345
Publisher's Deluxe Edition with the Plates Colored by Hand
A Wonderful Example in the Publisher's Superlative 'Polychromatic' Binding
SAND, Maurice. Masques et Bouffons (Comédie Italienne). Texte et Dessins par Maurice Sand. Gravures par A. Manceau. Preface par George Sand. Paris: A Lévy Fils, Libraire-Éditeur, 1862.
Publisher's Deluxe Edition in the Superlative 'Polychromatic' Binding by Antoine Lenègre.
Two large octavo volumes (10 3/8 x 7 1/8 inches; 263 x 181 mm.). [i]-viii, 356, list of plates,verso blank], , table, verso blank] pp; [iv], 384 pp. Half-titles with printer's credit and publisher's note verso and printed titles in red to each vol., engraved frontispiece with additional coloring by hand to vol. 1, 'Préface' by George Sand, 'Avant-Propos', 'Introduction' and text. Fifty superb hand colored plates by Maurice Sand, and engraved by George Sand's lover Alexandre Manceau.
Publisher's Deluxe 'Polychromatic' binding by Antoine Lenègre with his signature in gilt on both front covers. Quarter black chagrin over black cloth boards with highly elaborate polychromatic decoration, upper covers ruled in blind to surround an elaborate gilt vignette in gilt, red and green ('La Comédie' from the Commedia dell'Arte raising her mask after the frontispiece to vol. one) beneath title and flanked by the gilt names of other characters. Spines with five raised bands, four panels with inlaid red morocco flowers outlined in gilt, the remaining two panels lettered in gilt, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. Housed in the original? marbled board slipcase.
A wonderful example with the plates colored by hand - in the deluxe issue of the publisher's polychromatic binding.
This history of the characters and roles of the Commedia dell'Arte was written and illustrated by Jean-François-Maurice- Arnauld Dudevant, better known by his pseudonym, Maurice Sand (1823-1889), a name adopted after his mother's literary pseudonym, George Sand (1804-1876). A writer, artist and entomologist, Maurice Sand studied under Delacroix. His mother, George Sand (Amantine Lucile Aurore Dupin) wrote the introduction and her lover Alexandre Manceau (1817-1865), a friend of her son's and many years her junior, engraved the plates after Maurice Sand's originals. This exceptional example demonstrates the remarkable publisher's binding to superlative effect.
Loosely laid-in to volume one before the frontispiece is a letter to his mother in which he relates a part of his visit to the United States of America with Prince Napoleon.
Provenance: With the small square engraved bookplate of Dr. Armand Ripault "D’espérer servir".
According to Colas and Carteret, the work was issued in several versions: with the plates in black, with the plates in red and with the plates with additional color by hand; the present version has the title dated '1862 and the plates with additional color by hand… "Ces planches existent coloriees ou non; il y a deux couvertures differentes: l'une verte impr. en bistre et noir avec le titre ci-dessus; l'autre saumon impr. en rouge et noir avec l'adresse modifiee comme suit: Paris, A. Levy fils, libraire-editeur, 29, rue de Seine 1862." (Colas, p. 948).
Antoine Lenègre (1818-1867). Parisian binder who specialized in la Relieure Industrielle or this style of binding known in French as Cartonnage de l'Éditeur. These elaborate original publisher's cloth bindings are signed "A. Lenègre Relieure" within the elaborate gilt work on the front covers.
Alexandre Manceau (1817-1865). French designer and engraver who was a great admirer of George Sand. He wrote and designed the fifty Masks for the Masques et Bouffons (Comédie Italienne) which was first published in 1860 by Michel Levy Frères.
Carteret III, 549 / 550; Colas 2638; Lipperheide 3223.