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70 2879 Bindings Chevigné L de
70/2879 [Bindings]. Chevigné, L. de. Le Contes rémois. Paris, Michel Lëvy, 1858, 3rd ed., (4),239,(1)p., steelengr. frontisp., 2 portrait plates and 41 woodengr. vignettes by E. MEISSONIER, bound in darkblue crushed morocco w. triple gilt fillet border round sides, richly gilt spine, richly gilt inside dentelles, marbled endpapers, orig. wr. pres., a.e.g.

- Frontwr. restored in margins; both wr. sl. faded/ dulled. Otherwise a very fine copy in a pristine binding.

= The first edition with the plates by MEISONNIER. Ray, p.256: "(...) a leading Romantic illustrator. The book that comes to mind is Les contes rémois. Chevigné's little stories in verse set in an earlier period are mild imitations of La Fontaine's Contes et nouvelles which feature for the most part the tribulations of old husbands and amorous priests. They would hardly be remembered today if it were not for Meissonier's delicate and precise vignettes. He had a style which made everything he touched interesting". Carteret, Trésor III, p.158: "Un des plus jolis livres du XIXe siècle. Cette illustration des Contes rémois, admirablement gravée sur bois, restera comme une des plus belles productions romantiques." On the binder see Fléty p.41. SEE ILLUSTRATION PLATE CXXX.

€ (300-500)