A Hardcover Book with 180 pages, Copper Hot foil stamping with Softtouch Cover, Stitch binding and Head & Tailband. With 120grams natural paper, a perfect structure for vintage books. Size 30,5 x 21,5 cm. All scans are from original books of the 19th century and are completely restored. All colored Illustrations in the books were originally handcolored!
The book will have different chapters with an introduction about their following illustrations, the basic language is english. At the end of each chapter you will find a german and french translation. The caption of all illustrations is french, like in the original books. The early books were all published in Paris, later there were also reproductions in german and english language from other foreign publishing houses.
Jean Ignace Isidore Gérard was born at Nancy, in northeastern France, to an artistic and theatrical family. The name “Grandville” was his ‘grandparents’ professional stage name. Grandville received his first instruction in drawing from his father, a painter of miniatures. At the age of twentyone he moved to Paris, and soon afterwards published a collection of lithographs. After the reinstitution of prior censorship of caricature in 1835, Grandville turned almost exclusively to book illustration, supplying illustrations for various standard works, such as Don Quixote, Gulliver’s Travels, Robinson Crusoe. Though the designs of Grandville are occasionally unnatural and absurd, they usually display keen analysis of character and marvellous inventive ingenuity, and his humour is always tempered and refined by delicacy of sentiment and a vein of sober thoughtfulness. He died on 17 March 1847 in Vanve near Paris.