London, South Kensington
4 December 2003
Le Livre des Enfants Sages. A B C de Mlle. Julie la Desobeissante, [?Paris:] Pinot, [n.d.]. Small oblong 12° (100 x 137mm). Hand-coloured wood-engraved illustrations. Stitched (chip with slight loss to upper wrapper).
Julie precipitates a series of domestic disasters as a result of her disobedience. First, she knocks a vase off the balcony, killing a passer-by. Later, her nose becomes grotesquely deformed after picking it; sticking her tongue out causes it to swell to the size (and shape) of a joint of beef. In her final act of disobedience, she drinks poison from her father's laboratory, mistaking it for strawberry syrup, and promptly drops dead.
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