Lot n° 36
800 - 1000
GRANDVILLE Jean-Ignace-Isidore. DEFOE (D.)
Adventures of Robinson Crusoe.
Paris, H. Fournier aîné, publisher, 1840, strong in-8°, binding in full sorrow, smooth spine and flats decorated with gilt irons, (Capé binding).
FIRST EDITION. One of Grandville's beautiful books and one of his greatest publishing successes, several times republished.
A woodcut frontispiece by Brévière, after Jean Jacques Grandville (1803-1847) and François-Louis Français (1814-1897), printed on flying china, 40 off-text figures with captions and 165 vignettes, headbands, culs-de-lampe and lettering, all interpreted on wood after Grandville. Inspired by Defoe's sober realism, Grandville meticulously depicts Crusoe's life on his tropical island. His character and moods are described with a deep empathy that engages the reader to share the sensations. Thus from the crucial moment when the castaway, believing himself to be alone until then, discovers with dread the imprint of Friday's footsteps... Dimensions: 233 x 154 mm.
Carteret, III, p. 241 ("One of the best books in Grandville")
Very beautiful copy.
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