Title: Les Fleurs Animees, 1847
Author: J. J. Grandville; Alphonse Karr; Taxile Delord
Publisher: Pari, Gabriel De Gonet
Condition: Very Good
A first edition of J. J. Grandville’s Les Fleurs Animees, otherwise known as The Flowers Personified. Considered to be a significant piece of art among French illustrated books, Grandville supposedly considered it to be among the favorites of his works. The work itself is a collaboration between himself, Alphonse Karr, and Taxile Delord, though the illustrations themselves were all produced by Grandville.
The title is extremely on the nose, as the story begins with a tale of the Fairy of the Flowers freeing other flowers to shoot up out of the ground to live among humans in similarly humanoid forms, though still retaining some of their flowery attributes. The book follows the adventures of these flowers as women, as they interact with the world in their newfound forms. Each tale bears an educational purpose, showing the reader how each flower engages with various vices and virtues that any other human being could encounter, and their subsequent decisions, whether made with good or ill intent.
All 52 color plates are present in stunning detail, which include both frontispieces, and there are 2 black and white plates near the end.
Both books have been rebound into one singular full leather volume, with gilt to the spine and covers.
Two books finely bound into one volume in quarto, 262, 263-364+IV+63 pages
On note of condition, this volume is in very good shape, with minor rubbing and wear to the binding, namely to the corners. There is some foxing throughout, notably heavier to several pages. The binding is cocked.