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J.-H. Bernardin de Saint-Pierre, "Paul et Virginie et La Chaumière indienne" (Paris, L. Curmer) 1838; a combined edition of two novels by Bernardin, richly illustrated with full-page wood- and steel engravings, vignettes, decorative chapter headings and intitial letters. Including portrait of the author engraved by Pelée after Lafitte, hand-coloured map of the "Ile de France" engraved by Dyonnet, imagined portraits of the protagonists Paul and Virginie engraved by A. Revel, Cousin and Pelée after Tony Johannot (Paul bound as frontispiece), and an imagined portrait of the doctor protagonist of "La Chaumière indienne" by Pigeot after Meissonier. Together with a glossary of the flora mentioned in each novel, illustrated with vignettes after Français. The full-page illustrations and portraits printed on chine collé.
Wood-engravings; steel engravings
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Height: 258 millimetres
Width: 156 millimetres (approx. sheet size of each page)
- Curator's comments
- This publication showcases the very finest and most sophisticated book illustration, employing a large team of designers and printmakers (French and English) for its multiple illustrations, vignettes and decorations. At the beginning of the volume is a letterpress table naming the designers and engravers of the various prints contained. The dedication is "Aux Artistes, qui ont élevé ce Monument typographique à la Mémoire de J.-H. Bernardin de Saint-Pierre" (To the artists who have raised this monument of typography to the memory of J.-H. Bernardin de Saint-Pierre).
See William M. Ivins, "The 1838 Paul et Virginie", The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, vol. 13, no. 11 (November 1918), pp. 238-240.
- Not on display
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- Acquisition notes
- Book plate "Ex-Libris Gerbé de Thoré"
- Prints and Drawings
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