(TISSOT, James.) GONCOURT, Edmond and Jules de
Paris : Charpentier et cie., 1884. Large octavo, half-crushed morocco over marbled boards, spine in compartments with raised bands, lettered in gilt, housed in a chemise suede wrapper and calf edged slipcase, top edge gilt, pp. 380, illustrated with ten original etched plates by Tissot signed with the artist’s red monogram stamp. Limited to 550 copies One of 550 copies, composed of four editions, this being from the rarest edition of 20 copies, copy number 16, printed on Imperial Japon paper, but lacking the additional set of proof plates.
James Jacques Tissot (1836 – 1902), an associate of Edouard Manet and Edgar Degas, is considered one of the finest proponent of Victorian painting, and was also invited to exhibit at the first impressionist exhibition in 1874. In later years he was noted for his etchings, in particular this vernacular suite of prints created for the novel of the Goncourt brothers. In 1889 he was awarded the Gold Medal at the Paris Exposition.
Swann’s, New York, 19th & 20th century literature; and art, press & illustrated books – 3/12/2009, lot 411 (USD $2160)
Private collection, Australia