Paris: Aubert & Cie., 1840. Item #05533
"The Most Beautiful Album by Grenier"
Hand colored lithograph pictorial title-page
and thirty-three superb hand colored lithograph plates
GRENIER, Francois. Album de Chasses au tir & au chien d'arret. Par F. Grenier. (Album of Shooting & Shooting Dog Hunts). Paris: Chez Aubert & Cie., [ca. 1840].
First edition. Oblong folio (9 11/16 x 13 3/16 inches; 246 x 335 mm.). Hand colored lithograph pictorial title-page and thirty-three fine hand colored lithograph plates all heightened with gum arabic and interleaved with original tissue-guards. Lower blank corner (1 3/8 x 3/4 inch) of plate no. 24 expertly restored, some minor foxing to the blank margins of a few plates, otherwise fine.
Publisher's purple cloth over boards, covers bordered in blind, front cover decoratively lettered in gilt. Spine a little faded otherwise near fine.
"The most beautiful album by Grenier; it is difficult to find. Available in plain and colored" (Thiebaud 476).
"Albums of this kind, in complete state, are difficult to find owing to the practice of framing the plates… Grenier was a good artist and specialised in sporting subjects" (Schwerdt 1, p. 219).
According to OCLC & KVK there are no copies located in libraries and institutions worldwide. Two colored copies have appeared at Parisian auctions in 2014 (Euros 3,400) and 2021 (Euros 4,000). Prior to that the only other colored copy that we could locate was the Schwerdt copy which appeared at Sotheby's London in 1939 (puchased by Thiebaud).
Francois Grenier de Saint Martin (1793-1867).
Schwerdt 1, p. 219; Thiebaud 476; Not in Bobins.