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Histoire du Chien de Brisquet
FINE COPY OF THIS CHILDREN’S TALE BY CHARLES NODIER ILLUSTRATED BY STEINLEN.
BINDING BY CARAYON
8vo (288 x 227 mm). Letter-preface by Anatole France
COLLATION : (2) ff., XV-28 pp., (2) ff.
LIMITATION : one of 100 copies on large Marais vellum, this one numbered 35 “printed for Monsieur Paul Reinbold”
ILLUSTRATION : 25 drawings by Steinlen, including 4 in color, wood engraved or lithographed by Deloche, Froment, Ernest and Florian
WITH : illustrated prospectus of the edition, 1 f. 8vo
BINDING SIGNED BY CARAYON. Bradel spine and corners in green straight grained morocco, flat gilt spine, gilt top edge, preserved illustrated wrappers
PROVENANCE : Paul Reinbold (nominative printing)
This tale is the story of Bichonne, a “curly-haired bastard”, who would sacrifice his life to save Biscotin and Biscotine, the two children of Brisquet and Brisquette, from a threatening wolf.
Edouard Pelletan was a defender of wood engraving which, he would say : “should be used preferably as it offers values consistent with printed characters”.
This edition of Histoire du Chien de Brisquet, dedicated to Jeanne Pelletan, the publisher’s daughter, was published on the occasion of the Universal Exhibition of 1900.
BIBLIOGRAPHY : L. Carteret, Le Trésor du bibliophile, IV, p. 306 -- E. de Crauzat, L’Œuvre gravé et lithographié de Steinlen, n° 613