Paris: Chez Aubert & Cie., 1850. Item #05541
Jokes in Poor Taste
CHAM (pseudonym of Amédée de Noé). Turlupinades Contrariétés et Autres Amusemens Négatifs [Jokes in Poor Taste], Par Cham. Paris: Chez Aubert & Cie., [ca. 1850].
First edition. Folio (13 1/4 x 9 7/8 inches; 337 x 251 mm.). Hand-colored lithographed title and fifteen full-page, hand-colored lithographed plates with captions. Advertisement leaf at end (Maison de Commission. Des Modes Parisiennes).
Publisher's pictorial glazed green boards. Original? glassine wrapper. A superb example.
OCLC locates just four copies worldwide: Morgan Library & Museum; New York Public Library; Getty Institute; University of Illinois.
CHAM (pseudonym of Amédée de Noé) (1818-1879). French caricaturist and lithographer, published his first book Monsieur Lajeunesse in 1839 and from 1843 began to be regularly published in illustrated magazines such as Le Charivari (which in 1835 focused primarily on publishing satires of everyday life), thereafter becoming one of the most popular of French caricaturists through entertaining storybooks such as this work which satirized 'jokes in poor taste.'
Several artists "followed in the wake of Daumier and Gavarni. Among the most attractive of the former is Amédéé 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, pp. 155-156).
Cham had contacts with English artists, many of whom had trained on the Continent, most in company with English artist and follower of the pioneering German lithographer Alois Senefelder.
1. Tout ça c’est bel et bon!
It's all well and good!
2. L’éducation es tune bonne chose!
Education is a good thing!
3. Hardi! Conscrit, la patrie a les yeux sur toi!...
Daring! Conscript, the fatherland has its eyes on you!...
4. Je veux que mon fils ait un prix!
I want my son to have a prize!
5. Mes papiers?...mes papiers!
My papers?...my papers!
6. Tiens, tiens, elle était pressée, c’tte lettre?
Well, well, she was in a hurry, that letter?
7. De de quoi?...de de quoi!...
From what?...from what!...
8. Malheureux! Tu me feras blancher avant l’âge.
Unfortunate! You will make me white before my age.
9. Enfin j’en tiens un!...
Finally I got one!...
10. Non, vous ne vous trompez pas!
No, you are not mistaken!
11. Je risqué tout, tant pis pour moi!
I risked everything, too bad for me!
12. Ah! Vous êtes ambitieux!
Ah! You are ambitious!
13. Qué bonheur, m’ssieu!
What happiness, sir!
14. Cré coquin mes chemises neuves…
Naughty creation my new shirts…
15. Y sont drôles les maitres!
The masters are funny there!