Requires Photography

La grande ville, nouveau tableau de Paris comique, critique et philosophique

Illustrated by Honoré Daumier (French, 1808–1879), Illustrated by Paul Gavarni (Hippolyte Guillaume Sulpice Chevalier) (French, 1804–1866), Illustrated by Victor Jean Adam (French, 1801–1866), Illustrated by Charles François Daubigny (French, 1817–1878), Illustrated by Henri Emy (French, 19th century), Illustrated by Henry Monnier (French, 1799–1877), Illustrated by Charles Joseph Traviès de Villers (Swiss, active in France, 1804–1859), Engraved by Andrew Best Leloir (French, mid-19th century), Engraved by A. Baulant (French, 19th century), Engraved by Fauquinon (French, 19th century), Engraved by Lacoste père et fils (French, active 1830s–1860s), Engraved by Loiseau (French, 19th century), Engraved by Pierre Verdeil (French, born in 1812), Author Charles Paul de Kock (French, 1794–1871), Author Honoré de Balzac (French, 1799–1850), Author Alexandre Dumas (French, 1802–1875), Author Edouard Ourliac (French, 1813–1848), Author Louis Couailhac (French, 1810–1885), Author Albert Cler (French, born in 1804?), Publisher Bureau Central des Publications Nouvelles (French, 19th century)

Place of Publication: Paris, France

Catalogue Raisonné

Carteret III, 278-81; Brivois, pp. 184-85; Ray, French Illustrated Book, 229; Bouvy, Daumier, 644-701


Overall: 25.6 x 17.4 x 4.9 cm (10 1/16 x 6 7/8 x 1 15/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Illustrated book with numerous wood engravings

Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings


Illustrated books

(Paris: Bureau Central des Publications Nouvelles, 1842[-1843]) Quarto, two vols. bound as one; (v. 1) [2 ff.] 412 pp., plus publisher’s wrapper bound in at front; (v. 2) [2 ff.] 418 pp., plus plates; contemporary half gilt-stamped dark blue morocco, blue marbled paper boards (cream-colored phase box).

Humorous illustrations of social types and daily life of Paris.

Paris: Bureau Central des Publications Nouvelles, 1842[-1843]


Unidentified bookplate with monogram and motto "Nunquam amicorum"; W. G. Russell Allen, Boston (1882-1955), by whom bequeathed to MFA, June 8, 1964.

Credit Line

Bequest of W. G. Russell Allen