4 works in one volume:
MONNIER, Henry. Exploitation Generale des Modes et Ridicules de Paris et Londres. [Paris]: Chez Gihaut Frères, Editeurs, [c. 1830].
Folio, (14 x 10 ½ inches). Vignette title page. 10 numbered and 6 unnumbered lithographed plates with original hand color (one or two spots). Contemporary quarter tan calf, marbled boards (worn with considerable loss to head and foot of the spine).
Provenance: Contemporary manuscript ownership inscription to front pastedown: “Ath. d’Otrante,” very likely Paul Athanase Fouché d’Otrante, 4th Duc d’Otrante (1801-1886).
First edition. A fine collection of hand-colored caricatures by Monnier, who was greatly influenced by Cruikshank, Gillray, Hogarth, and Rowlandson. The second series of 6 unnumbered plates were lithographed by the inventor of the process, Alois Senefelder (1771-1834), while the first series of 10 numbered plates was lithographed by François Le Villain (fl. 1820-1840).
“Between 1825 and 1827 Monnier passed much of his time in London. On his return to Paris he embarked on a series of albums in which he recorded the manners and humors of the city with unprecedented profusion. Between 1826 and 1830 he satisfied the insatiable demand for his designs with almost 500 lithographs, nearly all of which were drawn with a pen and colored by hand. For each design he himself colored a master print and carefully supervised its subsequent preparation” (Ray, The Art of the French Illustrated Book, p. 199). “After 1820 the popularity of lithographs in series took the form of a craze for humorous albums devoted to various subjects, and prepared often by several artists working in collaboration… And so Henry Monnier was following the fashion when he published between 1827 and 1830 his ‘Moeurs parisiennes,’ ‘Moeurs administratives,’ ‘Grisettes,’ ‘Jadis et aujourd’hui,’ and other series, with a success which brought him in those few years the fame he has never lost among nineteenth-century artists…” (Melcher, The Life and Times of Henry Monnier).
The first series of lithographs includes the following: 1. “Avec beaucoup de plaisir, Monsieur!”; 2. “Voulez-vous me faire l’honneur, Mademoiselle?”; 3. “Satisfaction personnel”; 4. “Embarras de Soi-meme”; 5. “Mes jours de danse sont passes!”; 6. “Mécontentement intérieur”; 7. “Le Journal ne dit rien!”; 8. “Distraction”; 9. “Je ne trouve plus de danseur!”; and 10. “Un Chanteur de Romances.”
The second, unnumbered series, signed “Lith. de Senefelder,” contains the following plates: “Pauvre Cousin regarde ton habit”; “Les Antipodes”; “Ayez pitié des Chiens”; “Les Extravagances”; “Une grande Dame”; and “L’Espoir de sa Famille.” WorldCat shows three copies of this work, two at the Bibliotheque Nationale in France and one at the Kunstbibliothek - Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. The two at the Bibliotheque Nationale each contain only 7 lithographed plates, while the copy in Berlin contains 11 lithographs and 2 engravings.
[MONNIER, Henry]. [Les Contrastes]. [Paris]: [s.n.], [n.d.].
Folio, (14 x 10 ½ inches). (Lacking title page). 12 lithographed plates with original hand color (margins very slightly browned).
First edition. A series of 12 numbered plates after Monnier and lithographed by François-Séraphin Delpech (1778-1825), numbers 1-11 with two illustrations per page and number 12 with one only, showing various “contrasts.” The first plate is untitled, but the rest are as follows: 2. “Des Visites” and “Une Rencontre”; 3. “Les Commères” and “L’Ecrivain Public”; 4. “Bureau de Loterie” and “Des Oppositions”; 5. “Aliénés”; 6. “Une Exemple” and “Mystificateurs”; 7. “Soirée Bourgeoise” and “Récréation populaire”; 8. “Delassemens” and “Inutilités”; 9. “L’Envie” and “L’Orgueil”; 10. “La Luxure” and “La Gourmandise”; 11. “La Paresse” and “L’Avarice”; 12. “La Colère.” Delpech, the famous French lithographer, was best known for his portraits of important figures from the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars. WorldCat shows only one copy of this work, at the Bibliotheque Nationale in France.
MONNIER, Henry. Les Passe-Tems. Paris: chez Delpech, .
Folio, (14 x 10 ½ inches). 6 lithographed plates with original hand-color (slightly browned, one or two spots).
First edition. A series of 6 plates after Monnier and lithographed by François-Séraphin Delpech (1778-1825), each with the epigram “Chacun prend son plaisir ou il le trouve.” Delpech, the famous French lithographer, was best known for his portraits of important figures from the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars. WorldCat shows only one copy of this work, at the Bibliotheque Nationale in France.
MONNIER, Henry. Moeurs Administratives, Dessinées d’Après Nature. Paris: Imprimerie Lithographique de Delpech, [?1828].
Folio, (14 x 10 ½ inches). Engraved title page with original hand color. 6 lithographed plates with original hand color (slightly browned, one or two spots).
First edition. A series of 6 plates after Monnier and lithographed by François-Séraphin Delpech (1778-1825). The plates are: “Garçon de Bureau”; “Surnuméraire”; “Employé”; “Sous-Chef”; “Chef de Bureau”; and “Chef de Division.” Delpech, the famous French lithographer, was best known for his portraits of important figures from the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars. WorldCat shows 3 copies worldwide with varying collations: the copy at the Morgan Library has 12 leaves of plates, while the copy at the New York Public Library has 6 plates, as here; the third copy at the National Library of Sweden does not specify a number of plates.