18 November 2014
ROMANTIC ALBUM -- An exceptional and finely bound collection of 19th-century erotic prints.
263 plates from 35 or more works in one volume, oblong folio (220 x 275 mm), mainly lithographs, by Devéria, Adam and others, various sizes, mounted on variously coloured papers. (Occasional spotting, occasional short tears.) Late 19th-century burgundy morocco, preserving some original printed front wrappers, spine and sides richly gilt with an all-over, wide scrolling border, the spine titled ‘Album’ in gilt, the front cover centred with the motto ‘Honni soit qui mal y pense’ in gilt, blue moiré style endpapers (front cover detached, rear free endpaper strengthened with tape, extremities lightly rubbed, lower cover lightly scuffed).
AN EXCEPTIONALLY RICH ROMANTIC ALBUM – ONE OF THE MOST EXTENSIVE AND FINEST SINGLE COMPILATIONS OF EROTIC PLATES OFFERED AT AUCTION. Comprising the following suites, many, unusually, preserving the original front wrapper: Soirées lubriques: front wrapper and 12 plates; Nouvel album érotique: part of front wrapper and 11 plates; Charges et décharges diaboliques: front wrapper and 12 plates; Galerie morale et pittoresque: front wrapper and 10 plates; Aux armes de Cythère. Pinnenville: part of front wrapper and 11 plates; Le Conducteur Parisien: front wrapper and 12 plates; Douze vignettes pour Faublas: part of front wrapper and 12 plates; Charge en douze temps: front wrapper and 12 plates; Histoire d’un C. écrite par son plus beau membre: front wrapper and 5 plates; Le juste milieu fait plaisir a tout le monde: front wrapper and 12 plates; Chapitre des Cordeliers: front wrapper and 6 plates; and 148 plates, 11 of these hand-coloured, from c.24 other works.
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