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    Jean Aicard. La Chanson de L'Enfant... Nouvelle Édition Ornee de 128 Compositions par T. Lobrichon avec la Collaboration de E. Rudaux. Gravées sur Bois par L. Rousseau. Paris: Georges Chamerot, 1884.

    "Édition D'Amateur," number 109 of one-hundred fifty copies. Quarto (10.9375 x 7.375 inches; 278 x 187 mm.). With 128 wood-engraved illustrations by Rousseau after Lobrichon and Rudaux, each of which occur in two states, and extra-illustrated with approximately thirty etched plates by Lalauze, Jacquemart, Veyressat, Greux, and others. Title printed in red and black.

    Contemporary full blue morocco by David (stamp signed in gilt on lower front turn-in), two sets of gilt double fillet borders around a central panel comprising an additional set of gilt double fillet rules, gilt floral drawer handle stamps at corners, gilt centerpiece comprising two floral drawer handles surrounding a gilt putto stamp, spine elaborately tooled and lettered in gilt in compartments, five raised bands, gilt board edges and turn in, floral doublures and liners of woven silk, marbled fly leaves, all edges gilt. Shelf wear, with some abrasion to board extremities and a few small bits of loss to headcaps. Expert restoration to joints. Front joint starting, but still holding tight. A subtle abrasion to lower outer corner of title. Front marbled fly-leaf detached. Overall, a very good copy.

    A lovely copy in a sumptuous contemporary binding of one of Aicard's best-loved collections of poems, "The Child's Song," crowned by L'Académie française upon its publication in 1876. A charming celebration of childhood, copiously illustrated with accomplished, evocative illustrations after Lobrichon and Rudaux.


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