Paris: Marchant, 1841, 1842. Two volumes. Quarto. Half dark red morocco with marbled boards.
Each volume consists of 3 preliminary leaves plus 40 full-page plates and 162 pp. of text, for a total of 80 fine lithographic portraits of dancers, singers and actors in role portraits, finely-printed on china paper and laid down.
Heavily extra-illustrated: 70 of the 80 plates are accompanied by an autograph letter or document in the hand of the subject of the print.
Biographical essays, each 4-6 pp., on each subject:
20 singers: Deburau, Duprez, Fargueil, Aine, Levasseur, Rubini, Persiani, Prevost, Damoreau, Lafont, Lablache, Grisi, Tamburini, Klein (singer and actor), Stolz, Thillon, Chollet, Roger, Mario, and Dorus-Gras.
6 dancers: Perrot, Elssler, Taglioni, Thillon, Leroux, and Grisi.
54 actors: Rachel, Plessy, Mme. Melingue, Achard, Doze, Odry, Lepeintre Jeune, Dupont, Boutin, Flore, Georges, Joanny, Albert, Vertpre, Monrose, Bocage, Firmin, Saint-Ernest, Mars, Menjaud, Sauvage, Bardou, Beauvallet, Alcide-Tousez, Mme. Volnys, Ferville, Mr. Volnys, Guillemin, Gauthier, Arnal, Clarisse, Chilly, Moessard, Brunet, Albert, Provost, Brohan, Anais, Vernet, Desmousseaux, Dorval, Regnier, Mante, Julienne, Lepeintre Aine, Dejazet, Numa, Samson, Sainville, Ligier, Colon Leplus, Raucourt, Bouffe, and Lemaitre.
Bindings very slightly worn, rubbed and bumped. Some foxing to text and margins of mounts, not affecting prints; some additional browning to Volume II; several minor paper repairs. Bookplate with initials "A.H." engraved by E. Valton, 1880, to front pastedown of each volume.
In very good condition overall.
A third volume was planned, and at least 18 plates appeared, but the volume was never completed.
A significant contribution to the iconography of the period, offering important evidence of contemporary performers and theatrical costume. Item #28139
Price: $6,000.00 other currencies