"Paris au XIX. Siecle" [title stamped on front cover]. [?Paris: no imprint, c.1855-56]. Small 4o (151 x 100mm). 26 hand-coloured lithographed Parisian costume plates, heightened with gum arabic, on accordion leaf (some mainly marginal light spotting and staining). Original red cloth-backed paper boards, upper cover with gilt title within ornate rococo floriate border (extremities, particularly the corners, rubbed). A charming untraced alphabetical book of trades, depicting Artiste du Louvre, Bouquetiere, Chiffonier, Danseuse de l' Opera, Etudiant, Faiseur de Tours, Garcon de Cafe, Harengere, Italien M[archan]d de Figures, Joueur d'Orgue, Kabyle de l'Hippodrome (illustrated), Laitiere, Marchand de Coco, "Nougat! Mesdames!", Officier d'Artillerie, Porteur de Lettres (Factueur), Queteuse, Ramoneur, Soeur de Charite, Tambour Major, Un Porteur d'Eau, Vivandiere, [the letter X represented by an acrobat forming the letter X], Yvan l'Invalide, and Zoe la Blanchisseuse. Not in Colas (but see Colas 24 and 104 for similar alphabet books) or Lipperheide. RARE.Christies erroneously mentions 26 plates; it is complete with 25 plates, the letter "W" not depicted and the letter "X" represented by an acrobat. The other 24 letters all depicting trades and professions.
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