This title (published in 1909) features the illustrations of Albert Robida, who is famous for his trilogy of futuristic works. The author Gachons was prevailed upon by Robida to write this story about the adventures of a balloon known as 'The Happiness'. The fantastic balloon was designed to be large enough to carry a small house to locations all over the world.
The dynamic polychrome Robida (signed bottom left corner) design on the front cover board features a fantastic balloon airship. Created by layering engraving plaques onto the beige percaline (toile) binding, the brilliant greens, and glimmering gilt bring the scene to life. The back cover board bears the signature embossed plate of the publisher, Mame et Fils (a dynasty of publishers which continued from the 18th century to the mid 1940's). The title is embossed in gilt and black. The text is easily read by intermediate students of French and is enhanced by vignette and full page engravings. The page edges are gilt tipped.
The binding measures: 10 1/2" x 8 1/2" x 7/8" thick. It is in good antique condition: light wear to cover boards typical with age, light loosening to inner spine joints but still intact. Text and engravings in good order.
It is a beautiful circa 1909 example of a title and publication which is rarely found in good condition.