Title: Le Dix-Neuvieme Siecle [The Nineteenth ...
Publisher: Paris: George Decaux
Publication Date: 1888
Book Condition: Very Good
Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket
 p., quarto (ca. 12" x 8"). Robida (1848-1926) was a French illustrator, etcher, lithographer, caricaturist, and novelist who edited and published his own magazine, La Caricature, for twelve years and was at one time a very well known author and illustrator. He has been called a graphic novelist. His most famous work is a trilogy imagining the Twentieth Century, and it is again receiving notice because its uncanny foretelling of our last century-the wars, the industrial and scientific developments, etc. The present volume, with text and illustrations by Robida, is a satirical look at his own century. There are twelve stories or chapters: Comment Frederic Ponto, trents campagnes, vingt blessures, ne devint pas marechal de France; La confession d'une ancienne jeune actrice; Les memoires d'une maison; Les vieux de la vieille; Cdinquante ans de dandysme; Le zouave Jean Bernille; La derniere diligence; Les tribulations d'un home de gout qui n'en avait pas; Victoires et conquetes d'Alexandre Colobry; Le café Jeannisson; Tete felee; La chatelaine de Plouhic. Almost every page has an engraving, and there are forty-eight full-page plates, of which fifteen are in full color (the others are one color--red, sepia, brown, or black--on cream paper). All of these amusing plates are in excellent condition. Includes a list of "Gravures hors Texte" [engravings (outside ? between?) the text pages], and a "Table of Matieres" [materials, contents]. What apparently was the original cover (paper) is in full color and is preserved in this bound hardcover volume of half-leather and marbled paper boards, with a gilt title on the spine, top edges gilt, and marbled endpapers. The volume is in very good condition, with scuffing at the extremities and along the edges of the spine; the front hinge is cracked. Extra postage will be required. Bookseller Inventory # 40000
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