Paris: G. De Malherbe, 1895.
First edition. Folio size. Contemporary three-quarter vellum-style boards with handmade marbled paper boards, morocco label on spine as well as gilt designs on spine. TWO STATES OF THE ILLUSTRATIONS: 24 chromotypographed plates, two for each month in succession. The first being the first Malherbe, Paris edition, to which the gray card printed front cover (and back cover) are included, as well as mounted 'calendar' images fro the same illustrations, designed for the 1896 calendar of the Parisian department store La Belle JardiniËre. With original gray wrappers (on thick paper) for the "Imprimever Edition," by Malherbe, Paris bound front and rear. Sheets measure 17 x 241 mm; 12 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches, images are roughly 209 x 159mm; 8 1/4x6 1/4 inches (plates before letters are printed on the sheets, those with text cut and mounted to sheets). In the early 1890s Grasset began experimenting with a new form of printing called chromotypography, an early form of photolithography invented by his friend, Firmin Gillot. This calendar was printed in "Gillotage," a version of chromotypography where the plates are engraved on wood and printed on vellum. Covers slightly discolored with one small square at bottom left marked from a stamp, spine gilt rubbed, scattered marginal foxing. Overall very good and plates fine. A very nice set, extremely rare thus, with the calendar plates.
Price: $5,250.00 Item #2866