Paris: Amedee Bedelet, Libraire-Editeur... [ 1858]. 51,pp. plus twenty-three chromolithographs and in-text illustrations. Frontis. Half title. Oblong quarto. Original cloth-backed pictorial boards. Slight offsetting on text; illustrations clean and bright. Occasional light foxing and soiling. A lovely copy. Item #WRCAM31351
The handsome lithographs by J. Bocquin, after drawings by Leloir and Fossey, depict the native costume of various peoples of the world, generally shown in street scenes. The countries represented include those of Europe, Asia, Africa, North and South America (including a rendering of American Indians negotiating with a fur trader, while a buffalo hunt proceeds in the background), scenes in Mexico, Brazil, and the Pacific Islands. There is also a plate of Australian aborigines trying on clothes washed up in a shipwreck. The costumes and natives are brightly colored, while the background is in black and white. Each plate is followed by explanatory text, with many biblical references. The frontispiece shows three angels overseeing the "Dispersion des Peuples." A lovely work, one of a number of illustrated books written and produced by Bedelet, mainly for children. Scarce. HILER, p.634. COLAS 2153. LIPPERHEIDE 70.