1925. A set of four original costume drawings in pen, ink, and gouache for a 1925 Opera Gaston production. Each is signed "George Barbier" and three are also dated "1925." The four exquisite illustrations depict two women and two men in period 19th century costumes. The two women are dressed in gorgeous full gowns. One is in a white ball gown with a multicolored floral design. The other woman is in a daytime costume, with a dark blue full-length shawl and a charming bonnet. The two men are dressed in corresponding attire - one in evening dress and one in a long fur trimmed coat wearing a top hat. Each of the illustrations has handwritten notes on their backs, primarily in pencil, that seem to refer to characters and stage information. Each is numbered with Barbier's name and their numbers - 4, 13, 17, and 20. The drawings are in near fine condition with the slightest aging to paper borders. They are on sheets of paper measuring 8.5 x 10.26 inches. The figures are about 8.5 inches high.The French artist George Barbier (1882-1932) was one of the most sophisticated and prolific illustrators and designers of his era. His Art Deco creations using the techniques of pochoir printing were both modern and classic, highly stylized, and extremely colorful. He became extremely popular after his first exhibition at the age of twenty-nine, and was widely sought after to design theater and ballet costumes, illustrate books, and most notably to produce haute couture fashion illustrations. He was somewhat forgotten after his early death at age fifty, but there has been strong renewed interest in his work in recent years. This began with an exhibition at the Fortuny Museum in Venice in 2008, "George Barbier: The Birth of Art Deco," which was the first posthumous exhibition of his work. ORIG/080516.
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1888. A leaf from La Monde Illustree, founded by Henri de Girardin, in 1829. Girardin employed Chevalier , who adopted the nickname Gavarny, and later Gavarni. From 1830 to 1837 Gavarni designed the most feminine and vital of fashion plates. Many of his pieces also featured charming drawings of children. La Mode Illustree was published weekly on Sundays, with illustrations and descriptions of Victorian fashions and the latest must have accessories. There was always a fashion plate. Print method is lithograph on woven, not heavy stock, hand colored, measuring 365 x 265 mm. or approximately 14 3/8 x 10 3/8 inches. Archivally matted. #44952. Fine.
Philadelphia: Louis A. Godey, Publishers' Hall, 1844. Hardcover. Includes the first printing of “A Tale of the Ragged Mountains,” on pages 177-181, “The Oblong Box,” on pages 132-136, and “Thou Art the Man!” on pages 219-224. Both volumes are bound together in three-quarter red leather with black cloth covered boards and gilt title to spine. Wear to edges of boards and rubbing to cloth on boards. Purple marbled endpapers, probably modern. Spots of foxing and soiling throughout, mostly to margins and to plates. Lacks several plates, mostly fashion plates. Lower corner of page 55/56 torn. Volume XXVIII: 292 pages; Volume XXIX: 284 pages. PER/010918. Very Good.
1888. Leaf from Auguste Racinet's Le Costume Historique, the most comprehensive and detailed study of fashion ever published. These volues cover the history of dress and hair styles from antiquity to the 1880's. While Racinet's main focus is on European clothing and accoutrements, including armor, furniture and material culture, he does provide sections on Asia, America and Africa. Lithographs are in full color on heavy stock. Some minor foxing and toning of paper. Print measures 16.125 x 11 inches. Archivally matted. #52794. Very Good.