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Illustrated by Félicien Rops (Belgian, 1833–1898), Illustrated by Evert Louis van Muyden (French, 1853–1922), Illustrated by Pierre Georges Jeanniot (French (born in Switzerland), 1848–1934), Illustrated by Paul Avril (French, 1849–1928), Illustrated by Ferdinand Gueldry (French, born in 1858), Illustrated by Pierre Vidal (French, 1849–1913), Illustrated by Georges Bertin Scott (French, born in 1873), Illustrated by Paul Gervais (French, 1859–after 1944), Illustrated by Auguste Gérardin (French, born in 1849), Illustrated by Charles Morel (French, 1861–1908), Illustrated by Alexandre Lunois (French, 1863–1916), Illustrated by Henri Boutet (French, 1851–1919), Etched by Georges-Henri Manesse (French, 1854–1940), Engraved by Désiré Mathieu Quesnel (French, active 1869–1910), Engraved by Edmond Duplessis (French, active 1889–1914), Engraved by Jean Julien Tinayre (French, 1859–1923), Designer Octave Uzanne (1852–1931), Author Guy de Maupassant (French, 1850–1893), Publisher Société des Bibliophiles Contemporains, Publisher Académie des Beaux-Livres, Printer Albert Quantin (French, active late 19th century), Binding by Charles Meunier (French, 1865–1940), Meunier

Place of Publication: Paris, France

Catalogue Raisonné

Ray, French Illustrated Book, 354; Carteret, Livres illustrés modernes, IV, 269


Overall: 27.4 x 18.7 x 4.1 cm (10 13/16 x 7 3/8 x 1 5/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Illustrated book with numerous etchings, wood engravings, lithographs, and photomechanical intaglio prints, some printed in color

Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings


Illustrated books

(Paris: Académie des Beaux-Livres [Société des Bibliophiles Contemporains], 1891-1892) Quarto, ten parts in one volume; [collective half-title, frontispiece, and title page] (Loup) [2 ff.] 12 pp., plus 2 plates; (Hautot) [2 ff.] 20 pp., plus 5 pls.; (Allouma) [2 ff.] 30 pp. [1 f.], plus 2 pls.; (Mouche) [2 ff.] 20 pp.; (Maison) [2 ff.] 44 pp. [1 f.]; (Soir) [2 ff.] 27 pp., plus 1 pl.; (Champ) [2 ff.] 34 pp. [1 f.], plus 3 pls.; (Mademoiselle) [2 ff.] 22 pp. [1 f.], plus 6 pls.; (Epave) [2 ff.] 17 pp., plus 11 pls.; (Partie) [2 ff.] 18 pp., plus 2 pls.; gilt-stamped and inlaid dark blue morocco, original publisher’s individual and collective color paper wrappers bound in (Charles Meunier; marbled slipcase).

Literary illustrations.

Paris: Académie des Beaux-Livres [Société des Bibliophiles Contemporains], 1891-1892


Frederic R. Halsey (1847-1918); acquired in 1917 from George D. Smith, New York, by William A. Sargent, Boston (1858-1936), by whom bequeathed to MFA, November 17, 1937.

Credit Line

William A. Sargent Collection—Bequest of William A. Sargent