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Les Papillons Metamorphoses Terrestres Des Peuples De L’Air

By Amédée Varin

Tex, by Eugene Nus and Antony Meray


This original book has been sold. However, the entire collection of all 35 high resolution images is available on CD. Please click here for information.

2 Volume Leather Bound Set

4 Raised bands on the spine with gold lettering

Books measure 10 ½” by 7 ¼”

35 hand colored plates in two volumes

Paris Gabriel de Gonet. Authors:NUS, Eugene and MERAY, Antony n.d (1852). 4to. Two volumes. pp. (iv), 235; 261. With 35 colored wood engravings by Varin. Scarce edition with 2 frontispieces, 1 portrait of Cazotte for a total of 35 exquisite plates by Amédée Varin in the style of Grandville, all hand-colored. Some very minor staining and foxing rarely affecting plates (please see scans). The covers are in excellent condition and tightly bound. A FINE COPY OF THE FIRST EDITION of this marvelous anthropomorphic work. The text by Nus and Meray includes a chapter entitled La vestale du Rio Colorado and illustrates a butterfly in the guise of a North American Indian.

 The plates found in Papillons - Metamorphoses Terrestres Des Peuples De L'Air are a series of thirty-five delightful hand-colored Victorian engravings illustrating personification of lovely butterflies in the style of Grandville. Each early 19th-century charming human figure is richly costumed in the wings of a given species placed in an appropriate 'natural' setting, often surrounded by anthropomorphized insects. These prints are by Amédée Varin (1818-1883) who was a Draughtsman and painter, and member of the French School. He belonged to a true dynasty of artists, and took part in the preparation of the engraving of Les Fleurs Animees the animated Flowers of Grandville. This work precedes Grandville’s and is not found as often.

This book, Les Papillons, is done in the style of J.J. Grandville. It resembles Grandville so much the bookbinder put JJ Grandville on the spine instead of Amédée Varin. The book is very much like Les Fleurs Animees in that the butterflies and insects take on human qualities. Like Les Fleurs Animees, there is a song in the book and the final chapter is on each class of insects.

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