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Carleton House
92 Malone Road
Belfast
BT9 5HP
Contact Peter Rowan
Telephone 02890 666448
Specialists Ireland, Irish History & Culture, Manuscripts, Maps, Literature, Economics, Sciences, History of Ideas, Travel, Rare Books in all fields (15th to 20th Centuries)
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Stand F02

EXTREMELY RARE HAND-COLOURED CARICATURES IN PART UNRECORDED

BOILLY, Louis Léopold

Boilly's Humorous Designs, Part I. Seven Plates coloured after the Original Drawings by D. Alexander [and] Part II. Seven Plates coloured after the Original Drawings by D. Alexander, London: Published by E. and C. M'Lean 1823 - 1824

first (sole) editions thus 2 vols. folio (38.2 x 27.7 cms.) 14 hand coloured lithograph plates, each plate with an original plain paper guard, stitched as issued, original buff wrappers with a 'title page' inside a decorative border printed on front panels and with advertisements (dated November 20, 1823) for a projected third series of Broilly's Designs on inside front panels and for M'Lean's publications on rear panels, wrappers a bit foxed, wrappers professionally and very skilfully and unobtrusively restored with neat repairs to old closed tears (no loss) repaired and some (blank) edge or corner chipping repaired and made good, wrapper 'spines' neatly 'rebacked' with a narrow strip of matching paper, minor foxing or finger marks in some plates, one of the tissue guards neatly repaired, else very good. Extremely rare.

Note
COPAC and OCLC together locate only Part I of the 1823 edition in Harvard only. No copies of Part II located. OCLC locates 4 other copies of a similarly titled work Humorous Designs, most dated 1824, with 14 plates (variable) of which some are not by Boilly in National Library of Wales, Harvard, Colorado State Univ. and State Univ. of N.S.W.
Inside the front wrappers of each part is printed: "Address to the Public./ On or before December the 20th, will be published by E. and C./ M'Lean, a Third Series of BOILLY'S DESIGNS, executed in the/ same superior and elegant form./ November 20, 1823". The rear wrapper carries advertisements for "Books, &c. / Published by E. & C. M'Lean." followed by a list of 10 illustrated works headed by works headed by these 2 Boilly items described as "coloured from the original drawings, Imperial quarto. 7 plates" at 1 guinea each.
Both front wrappers are dated 1823 at the foot but the first plate of Part II, the title plate, is dated 1824.
Plates in Part I titled below the images: 'Two Months', 'Nine Months', 'Reading the Will', 'The Antiquaries', 'Consultation of Physicians. 1760', 'Picture Amateurs', 'Beggars'. All with "London Pub. by E, & C. McLean" in the plate below the title
Plates 2 to 7 in Part II titled below the images: 'Grimaces. Pl:I' through to 'Grimaces. Pl:6' and with "London Pub. by E, & C. McLean" in the plate below that title. Plate 1 of Part 2 is decoratively titled across the top of the plate above the image "Humourous Designs./ By/ L. Boilly" and at the foot below the image has "London/ Pubd. by E. & C. McLean/ 1824" and at the right hand corner just below the image "Printed by C. Hullmandel".
All plates signed 'Boilly' below the images except 'Two Months', Consultation of the Physicians' which are unsigned and the title page image of vol.2 which is signed 'M. Gauci' at foot.
Louis-Léopold Boilly (La Bassée, France, 1761 - 1845), French painter and draftsman, gifted and popular portrait painter, also produced a vast number of paintings which vividly documented French middle-class social life. He received particular renown with the production of the popular series of lithographs Recueil de Grimaces, was published between 1823 and 1828. The 'Humorous Designs' are from that series.
"The series Recueil de Grimaces, published over the course of five years, included ninety-six lithographs. Boilly's popularity during the Restoration was largely due to this series. The interest in expressive heads had precedent in France. During the late eighteenth century, physiognomy, the art of reading inner character by means of facial expressions, was popularized by engravings illustrating Lavater's well-known Essays on Physiognomy, which may well have influenced the format of Boilly's Recueil de Grimaces" [Beatrice Farwall The Charged Image: French Lithographic Caricature, California Museum of Art:1989].
£8,000