Le Carnaval (1re série [and] 2e série) [cover title]

Paris: En vente au bureau du Charivari et au bureau du Journal pour Rire (Lith. de Destouches, Paris), nd [ca. 1845]. 4to (13 x 10 inches). 2 volumes: 25 full-page lithographs, with captions, in each volume, complete (each with the imprint: "Chez Aubert & Cie., Imp. d'Aubert & Cie.”). Title from letterpress on each plate: "Oeuvres nouvelles du Gavarni." Gavarni (1804-1866; nom-de-plume of Sulpice Guillaume Chevalier) began his career taking drawing classes while working as a mechanic in a machine factory, turning to his vocation as an artist in his early thirties. "His sharp and witty pencil gave to generally commonplace and unartistic figures a life-likeness and an expression which soon won for him a name in fashionable circles [for his] lithographed sketches, portraying the most striking characteristics, foibles, and vices of the various classes of French society" (Wikipedia). A popular series of mid-nineteenth century lithographs picturing costume ball guests, issued in various formats, some hand-colored; this edition seems to be scarce, as we could locate no complete copy (i.e., both volumes) on OCLC. Very good. Original printed glossy yellow wrappers (soiled, some wear at extremities), light foxing in margins of some plates. (#7792). Item #60586

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