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GRANDVILLE, J.J. - [Title page] Les Fleurs.

GRANDVILLE, J.J. -  [Title page] Les Fleurs.
[Title page] Les Fleurs. - GRANDVILLE, J.J.
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Title : [Title page] Les Fleurs..
Map maker : GRANDVILLE, J.J..
Date : Paris, Dubuisson, 1847.
Size : 10.2 x 6.9 inches. / 26.0 x 17.5 cm.
Colouring : In original colours.

Description :Charming title page from volume 1 of J.J. Grandville's 'Les Fleurs Animées'. (The Flowers Personified)
The book was a masterpiece of botanic illustration, the steel engraved plates depict an enchanting world of flower ladies, traveling amidst a floral tableaux of haute couture and insect courtiers. As a work of Victorian social satire, its intent is found beyond the delightful whimsy, and is conveyed in the book's introduction.
Published in 1847, Les Fleurs Animées imagines a world where the flowers reclaim the meanings bestowed upon them by a covetous Victorian audience, and become actresses in their own drama. They become nuns, nurses, village maidens. Exotic Lady Tulip bewitches, while fair young Forget-Me-Not mourns her loneliness. Expressing the personality of contemporary floral language, each femme fleur wears the silks of her society equivalent, and, with compelling histrionics, pursues her own dream.

Condition : Paper slightly age toned. Steel engraving printed on thick paper. Size of paper 260x175mm.

ID: 31046

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