8 December 2015
[TOULOUSE-LAUTREC Henri de (1864-1901), illustrator.] -- RENARD, Jules (1864-1910). Histoires naturelles. Edition ornée de vingt-deux lithographies originales de H. de Toulouse-Lautrec. Paris: H. Floury, 1899.
2° (318 x 230 mm). 22 full-page lithographs by Toulouse-Lautrec. Original illustrated wrappers (rebacked with original backstrip laid down, some light wear); modern folding case.
LIMITED EDITION, number 17 of 100 copies. A masterpiece of book-illustration by one of the premier artists of the 19th-century."This book, now one of the great rarities of the late nineteenth century, was received very poorly when published and did not sell out until 1917. Not only does it contain some of Lautrec's finest illustration, but it is the prototype of nearly all modern bestiaries" (Garvey, The Artist and the Book 304). Castleman 118.
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