One of the rarely found titles illustrated by Robida, this wonderful volume illustrates the brilliance and imagination of a great artist. This title was published by Georges Decaux, in collaboration with Robida in 1883.
Albert Robida (1848, Compiègne, Oise – 1926) was an illustrator, etcher, lithographer, caricaturist, and novelist. He collaborated with the "Journal Amusant", the "Paris Comique" and "La Vie Parisienne" and founded "La Caricature". He was the author of various works, which he illustrated himself.
These works drew comparison to Jules Verne. Unlike Verne, he proposed inventions integrated into everyday life, not creations of mad scientists, and he imagined the social developments that arose from them, often with accuracy: "the social advancement of women, mass tourism, pollution, etc. His La Guerre au vingtième siècle describes modern warfare, with robotic missiles and poison gas. His Téléphonoscope was a flat screen television display that delivered the latest news 24-hours a day, the latest plays, courses, and teleconferences".
The designs are brilliant. There are seven full-page color illustrations, and the text is enhanced on almost every page with a vignette engraving (black and white and in color). The front and back endpapers are ornamented (orange background with red ink) with an enchanting double page design of zebras flying in hot air balloons, a lady and a dog on a high-wire a mysterious chateau.
The binding is in good and sound condition, with minimal wear for its age (light color loss to the blue on the bottom left back cover board). It is bound in ivory toile, with the famous Mr. Dumollet flying through the air on his horse. The front cover design is embossed in blue, red and black The back cover has a circle vignette with a charming little store which bears the name of the publisher of the book, Georges Decaux. The back cover is embossed in blue and black. The spine holds the title, embossed in red, blue and black. The page edges are red. The text is in French. It measures: 11 3/4" x 8" x 1" thick.
It is a rare find, prized by collectors of the works of Robida.
Item ID: LC33
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