Paris: A. Capendu, Editeur, 1890. Item #05545
Les Amis de Polichinelle
[MOVABLE BOOK]. Les Amis de Polichinelle par Pierre Delcourt. Paris: A. Capendu, Editeur, [ca. 1890].
Small quarto (8 1/2 x 6 3/8 inches; 216 x 162 mm.).  pp. Lithograph title-page and four full-page colored lever-operated moveable plates, each with leaf of text opposite.
Publisher's black cloth over color pictorial boards. On the first movable plate Polichinelle is missing the bell that he was holding in his right hand (see cover illustration) and on the second movable plate Madam is missing the fan held in her right hand (as per the text). Otherwise an excellent example in near fine condition.
This delightful movable has four wonderfully vivid colored movable plates portraying Monsieur & Madame Polichinelle, Jocrisse & Cassandre.
“Polichinelle is the Punch of the old French puppet-shows, and his secrets are stage whispers told to all the audience” (Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase and Fable).
Very scarce. OCLC locates just one copy in libraries and institutions worldwide: University of Virginia (VA,US).
Pierre Delcourt also wrote Le Grand Guignol which was also published by A. Capendu around the same time.